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Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vigen
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Spurious Correlations (edition 2015)

by Tyler Vigen (Author)

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"Spurious Correlations ... is the most fun you'll ever have with graphs." -- Bustle Military intelligence analyst and Harvard Law student Tyler Vigen illustrates the golden rule that "correlation does not equal causation" through hilarious graphs inspired by his viral website. Is there a correlation between Nic Cage films and swimming pool accidents? What about beef consumption and people getting struck by lightning? Absolutely not. But that hasn't stopped millions of people from going to tylervigen.com and asking, "Wait, what?" Vigen has designed software that scours enormous data sets to find unlikely statistical correlations. He began pulling the funniest ones for his website and has since gained millions of views, hundreds of thousands of likes, and tons of media coverage. Subversive and clever, Spurious Correlations is geek humor at its finest, nailing our obsession with data and conspiracy theory.… (more)
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Of all the years to read this it had to be the most conspiracy- theory- filled one I can remember. Appropriate.

Thank heavens Chris Evans is rumored to be retiring. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
A collection of graphs that appear to show correlations between absurdly unconnected things, like Morgan Freeman's film appearances and the number of women receiving cosmetic nose surgery. It's all complete coincidence, of course, abetted by the use of graphs that exaggerate small fluctuations by not showing the zero line.

There's an actual important point to it all -- correlation does not equal causation! don't be fooled! -- and a few of the graphs are mildly amusing. (The correlation between sharks and tornadoes did actually make me laugh.) But most of them just seem entirely too random to be really funny, and it all wears thin fairly quickly. Fortunately, the book is saved from tedium by the addition of vaguely related quirky facts under each graph, because quite of few of those genuinely were interesting and entertaining. ( )
  bragan | Dec 25, 2020 |
Very funny! :D ( )
  lasvegasbookie | Aug 20, 2020 |
interesting topic. Examples are (1) too many, (2) inane.
There are much more interesting and challenging correlations. ( )
  howzzit | Oct 13, 2017 |
Provided a few laughs, for sure. I appreciated that in addition to the "spurious correlations the author provided some real data on the related topics. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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"Spurious Correlations ... is the most fun you'll ever have with graphs." -- Bustle Military intelligence analyst and Harvard Law student Tyler Vigen illustrates the golden rule that "correlation does not equal causation" through hilarious graphs inspired by his viral website. Is there a correlation between Nic Cage films and swimming pool accidents? What about beef consumption and people getting struck by lightning? Absolutely not. But that hasn't stopped millions of people from going to tylervigen.com and asking, "Wait, what?" Vigen has designed software that scours enormous data sets to find unlikely statistical correlations. He began pulling the funniest ones for his website and has since gained millions of views, hundreds of thousands of likes, and tons of media coverage. Subversive and clever, Spurious Correlations is geek humor at its finest, nailing our obsession with data and conspiracy theory.

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