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

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Want to calculate the probability that an event will happen? Be able to spot fake data? Prove beyond doubt whether one thing causes another? Or learn to be a better gambler? You can do that and much more with 75 practical and fun hacks packed into Statistics Hacks. These cool tips, tricks, and mind-boggling solutions from the world of statistics, measurement, and research methods will not only amaze and entertain you, but will give you an advantage in several real-world situations-including business.

This book is ideal for anyone who likes puzzles, brainteasers, games, gambling, magic tricks, and those who want to apply math and science to everyday circumstances. Several hacks in the first chapter alone-such as the "central limit theorem,", which allows you to know everything by knowing just a little-serve as sound approaches for marketing and other business objectives. Using the tools of inferential statistics, you can understand the way probability works, discover relationships, predict events with uncanny accuracy, 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 to help you solve a variety of problems in business, games, and life. 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 and 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
  • How to isolate the effects of observation on the thing observed


Whether you're a statistics enthusiast who does calculations in your sleep or a civilian who 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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Written for a broad audience that includes lay readers and statisticians, this text presents a number of fun statistical tools and tricks that may be applied to everyday problems in business, games, and life. The 75 "hacks" are organized into six chapters dealing with subjects such as testing relationships among variables and determining probability. Frey teaches statistics at the U. of Kansas.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Written for a broad audience that includes lay readers and statisticians, this text presents a number of fun statistical tools and tricks that may be applied to everyday problems in business, games, and life. The 75 "hacks" are organized into six chapters dealing with subjects such as testing relationships among variables and determining probability. Frey teaches statistics at the U. of Kansas. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Want to calculate the probability that an event will happen? Be able to spot fake data? Or learn how to be a better gambler? This fun and practical book presents concepts from statistical research and psychological measurement in easy-to-understand language.

About the Author

Bruce Frey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas. Previous books include "Online Auctions! I Didn't Know You Could Do That " published by Sybex and, with Neil Salkind, "eBay Online Auctions: Effective Buying and Selling with eBay" published by Muska & Lipman. He is an award-winning teacher of statistics, research design, and measurement. Bruce enjoys movies and collecting comic books, especially those early 1960s DCs with the cool checkered flag pattern. (Note to his tenure committee: In the research field of education, he is also an author of fifty scholarly publications and papers.)

Table of Contents

CreditsPrefaceChapter 1: The BasicsChapter 2: Discovering RelationshipsChapter 3: Measuring the WorldChapter 4: Beating the OddsChapter 5: Playing GamesChapter 6: Thinking SmartColophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596101640
Author:
Frey, Bruce
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
Mathematical statistics
Subject:
Probabilities
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability and Statistics
Subject:
statistics probability gambling numbers measurement psychology research methods
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Hacks
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in 0.91 lb

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