Naked Statistics Stripping the Dread from the Data

ISBN-10: 0393071952

ISBN-13: 9780393071955

Edition: 2013

Authors: Charles Wheelan
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Description: 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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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 302
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and Naked Statistics and a former correspondent for The Economist, and founder of The Centrist Party. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.

Introduction: Why I hated calculus but love statistics
Acknowledgments
What's the Point?
Descriptive Statistics: Who was the best baseball player of all time?
Appendix to Chapter 2
Deceptive Description: "He's got a great personality!" and other true but grossly misleading statements
Correlation: How does Netflix know what movies I like?
Appendix to Chapter 4
Basic Probability: Don't buy the extended warranty on your $99 printer
51/2 The Monty Hall Problem
Problems with Probability: How overconfident math geeks nearly destroyed the global financial system
The Importance of Data: "Garbage in, garbage out"
The Central Limit Theorem: The Lebron James of statistics
Inference: Why my statistics professor thought I might have cheated
Appendix to Chapter 9
Polling: How we know that 64 percent of Americans support the death penalty (with a sampling error � 3 percent)
Appendix to Chapter 10
Regression Analysis: The miracle elixir
Appendix to Chapter 11
Common Regression Mistakes: The mandatory warning label
Program Evaluation: Will going to Harvard change your life?
Conclusion: Five questions that statistics can help answer
Appendix: Statistical software
Notes
Index
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