Table of Contents for Naked Statistics : Stripping the Dread from the Data


Introduction: Why I hated calculus but love statistics ix
Acknowledgments xvii
1 What's the Point?
1(14)
2 Descriptive Statistics: Who was the best baseball player of all time?
15(21)
Appendix to Chapter 2
34(2)
3 Deceptive Description: "He's got a great personality!" and other true but grossly misleading statements
36(22)
4 Correlation: How does Netflix know what movies I like?
58(10)
Appendix to Chapter 4
65(3)
5 Basic Probability: Don't buy the extended warranty on your $99 printer
68(27)
5 1/2 The Monty Hall Problem
90(5)
6 Problems with Probability: How overconfident math geeks nearly destroyed the global financial system
95(15)
7 The Importance of Data: "Garbage in, garbage out"
110(17)
8 The Central Limit Theorem: The Lebron James of statistics
127(16)
9 Inference: Why my statistics professor thought I might have cheated
143(26)
Appendix to Chapter 9
164(5)
10 Polling: How we know that 64 percent of Americans support the death penally (with a sampling error ± 3 percent)
169(16)
Appendix to Chapter 10
183(2)
11 Regression Analysis: The miracle elixir
185(27)
Appendix to Chapter 11
208(4)
12 Common Regression Mistakes: The mandatory warning label
212(13)
13 Program Evaluation: Will going to Harvard change your life?
225(16)
Conclusion: Five questions that statistics can help answer 241(16)
Appendix: Statistical software 257(4)
Notes 261(8)
Index 269