Annotations for Naked Statistics : Stripping the Dread from the Data


Baker & Taylor
Demystifies the study of statistics by stripping away the technical details to examine the underlying intuition essential for understanding statistical concepts.

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Baker & Taylor
The author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics takes on the stuffy study of statistics to describe and demystify another essential discipline by explaining how Netflix knows which movies you'll like and how to catch schools that cheat on standardized tests.

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Book News
How does my credit card company use data on what I buy to predict if I am likely to miss a payment? Writing with a sense of humor for general readers and students who slept through their basic statistics course, Wheelan (Naked Economics) introduces statistical concepts with examples from everyday life, popular culture, and medical research on high interest topics such as the rise in autism. Coverage includes deceptive description, correlation, problems with probability, the importance of data, and common regression mistakes. Several chapters include appendices of step-by-step instructions for calculations. Wheelan teaches economics at Dartmouth College. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Norton Pub
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly transforming into a discipline that Hal Varian at Google has actually called "sexy." And with good reason--from batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics is growing by leaps and bounds. In Naked Statistics, Charles Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details to get at the underlying intuition that is so key to understanding the power of statistical concepts. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? Statistics can be used to tackle these questions and others that are incredibly important and relevant to us today. With the trademark wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan brings another essential discipline to life with that one-in-a-million statistics book that you'll read for pleasure.

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Norton Pub
The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you'll welcome and enjoy.

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WW Norton
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy." From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.And in Wheelan's trademark style, there's not a dull page in sight. You'll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let's Make a Deal--and you'll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.

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WW Norton
The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you'll welcome and enjoy.

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