Statistics Hacks Tips and Tools for Measuring the World and Beating the Odds

ISBN-10: 0596101643

ISBN-13: 9780596101640

Edition: 2006

Authors: Bruce Frey

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Why leave your life to chance, when you can hack probability to take control of your fate? Using the tools of inferential statistics, you can understand the way things work, discover relationships, describe huge populations by seeing just small bits, make uncannily accurate predictions, and even make a little money with a well-placed wager here and there. "Statistics Hacks presents useful techniques from statistics, educational and psychological measurement, and experimental research design to solve a variety of problems in the world of social science, but also in the worlds of business, games, and gambling. You'll learn how to: * Play smart when you play Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, roulette, dice games, or even the lottery * Design your own winnable bar bets to make money or amaze your friends * Predict the outcomes of baseball games, know when to "go for two" in football, and anticipate the winners of other sporting events with surprising accuracy * Demystify amazing coincidences and distinguish the "truly random from the only "seemingly random-even keep your iPod's "random" shuffle honest * Spot fraudulent data, detect plagiarism, and break codes * Improve your test scores by watching paint dry Whether you're a statistics enthusiast who does calculations in your sleep or a nonscientist who just likes the scientific approach to life and is entertained by clever solutions to interesting problems, "Statistics Hacks has tools to give you an edge over the world's slim odds.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

The Basics
Discovering Relationships
Measuring the World
Beating the Odds
Playing Games
Thinking Smart
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