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The field of statistics is rapidly transforming into a discipline that Hal Varian at Google has 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 key to understanding the power of statistical concepts. Tackling a wide-ranging set of problems, he demonstrates how statistics can be used to look at questions that are important and relevant to us today. With the trademark wit, accessibility and fun that made Naked Economics a bestseller, Wheelan brings another essential discipline to life with a one-in-a-million statistics book that you will read for pleasure.
About the Author
Charles Wheelan teaches at Dartmouth College and is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics.
"While a great measure of the book's appeal comes from Mr. Wheelan's fluent style-a natural comedian, he is truly the Dave Barry of the coin toss set-the rest comes from his multiple real world examples illustrating exactly why even the most reluctant mathophobe is well advised to achieve a personal understanding of the statistical underpinnings of life." -- New York Times "The best math teacher you never had. [Naked Statistics] is filled with practical lessons, like how to judge the validity of polls, why you should never buy a lottery ticket, and how to keep an eye out for red flags in public statements." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Naked Statistics is an apt title. Charles Wheelan strips away the superfluous outer garments and exposes the underlying beauty of the subject in a way that everyone can appreciate." -- Hal Varian, chief economist at Google "I cannot stress enough the importance of Americans' need to understand statistics-the basis for a great deal of what we hear and read these days-and I cannot stress enough the value of Wheelan's book in giving readers an approachable avenue to understanding statistics. Almost anyone interested in sports, politics, business, and the myriad of other areas in which statistics rule the roost today will benefit from this highly readable, on-target, and important book." -- Frank Newport, Gallup editor-in-chief "A fun, engaging book that shows why statistics is a vital tool for anyone who wants to understand the modern world." -- Jacob J. Goldstein, "Planet Money" on NPR "Two phrases you don't often see together: `statistics primer' and `rollicking good time.' Until Charlie Wheelan got to it, that is. This book explains the way statistical ideas can help you understand much of everyday life." -- Austan Goolsbee, professor of economics at the University of Chicago and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
ISBN: 9780393347777 ISBN-10: 039334777X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 13th January 2014 Publisher: WW Norton & Co Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1