Loading... Naked statistics : stripping the dread from the data (edition 2013)by Charles J. Wheelan
Work detailsNaked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. I started out strong in this book and then got bogged down toward the end. Part of the problem could have been that I was trying to read quickly to meet a library deadline, instead of taking the time to read this one chapter at a time and ensure I'd fully absorbed the concepts before moving on. It is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of relevant, real-life (and a few occasionally absurd) examples to illustrate how the various formulae and calculations work. Recommended if you've always wondered about the science behind such things as opinion polls, medical studies or Netflix algorithms. ( ) This is a very lucidly written book that covers the basics of the branch of math known as statistics. It shows the uses and misuses of statistics and some of the essential math behind the applications. Readers will find a discussion of the familiar normal distribution; an explication of the Central Limit Theorem; the formula for calculating the standard error; and a fairly detailed introduction to probability theory. The subject matter never becomes dull in Wheelan’s treatment because of his light sense of humor. For example, when discussing the limits of the validity of regression analysis, he writes: “Here is one of the most important things to remember when doing research that involves regression analysis. Try not to kill anyone.” He then goes on to explain how a mathematically consistent analysis of a large data set by the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health led to the belief that estrogen supplements were beneficial to women over 50 years old. Subsequently, millions of women were prescribed estrogen supplements. But later actual clinical trials involving double blind experiments showed that women taking estrogen had a higher incidence of heart disease, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer and other adverse health outcomes! But having warned the reader not to confuse correlation with causation and that statistical analysis yields probabilistic outcomes rather than certainty, he shows how valuable such analysis can be. He concludes with the admonition to “[g]o forth and use data wisely and well.” Even if you have had a college level course or two in statistics, you will find this book enjoyable and enlightening. (JAB) My interests in Mathematics have been a little above normal for quite some time now. I took up this book to refresh my Statistical knowledge, assuming I knew quite a bit about the subject and boy was I wrong. Charles Wheelan has done an exceptional work in writing this book. The title basically translates to 'Understanding Statistics through its application' which apparently is an amazing way to teach any subject for that matter. I did not know the power of Regression Analysis and the author elucidates it extremely well. Other advanced topics are clarified for the general reader and booby-traps are disclosed so the reader avoids them. All-in-all, great read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Very good introduction to statistics. The author avoids including formulas and math and explains the subject in a light and engaging way, however he makes sure we understand the challenges statistics are trying to address in each situation. We are guided from simplest concepts like average and median to probability and regression analysis. Complex statistics concepts are explained without the real difficult math behind it. Full of examples and stories I enjoyed the reading this book very much. This is a pretty good overview of basic statistics. For the most part, there's nothing that hasn't been covered by lots of other popular statistics books, but he does get into some interesting topics in the last few chapters. no reviews | add a review
References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in EnglishNone Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393071952, Hardcover)The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you’ll welcome and enjoy. 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. (retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:33 -0400) Demystifies the study of statistics by stripping away the technical details to examine the underlying intuition essential for understanding statistical concepts. (summary from another edition) |
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