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Head First Data Analysis: A Learner's Guide to Big Numbers, Statistics, and Good Decisions (Head First)by Michael Milton
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Today, interpreting data is a critical decision-making factor for businesses and organizations. If your job requires you to manage and analyze all kinds of data, turn to Head First Data Analysis, where you'll quickly learn how to collect and organize data, sort the distractions from the truth, find meaningful patterns, draw conclusions, predict the future, and present your findings to others.
Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Data Analysis uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
Based on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book combines words and pictures in a playful, mixed-media style that not only helps readers understand data analysis, but also remember it.
About the Author
Michael Milton likes books. Before his first day of high school wrestling, he checked out a stack of books on technique from the library and practiced on his not-terribly-enthusiastic little sister. Then he spent the first few minutes of tryouts kicking the butts of other newbies, until the experienced wrestlers realized how much fun it would be to kick his. Within a few months, he became a decent wrestler, but he always stayed a bit ahead of the other newbies because of those books.
His life has consisted of gleefully going through that process over and over again in completely unrelated fields. Naturally, he's a Head First fanatic.
Until recently Michael spent most of time looking at databases to help nonprofit organizations figure out how to make more money. He has a degree in philosophy from New College of Florida and one in religious ethics from Yale University. When he's not in the library or the bookstore, you can find him in-line skating, taking pictures, and brewing beer.
Table of Contents
Advance Praise for Head First Data AnalysisPraise for other Head First booksAuthor of Head First Data AnalysisHow to Use This Book: IntroChapter 1: Introduction to Data Analysis: Break it downChapter 2: Experiments: Test your theoriesChapter 3: Optimization: Take it to the maxChapter 4: Data Visualization: Pictures make you smarterChapter 5: Hypothesis Testing: Say it aint soChapter 6: Bayesian Statistics: Get past first baseChapter 7: Subjective Probabilities: Numerical beliefChapter 8: Heuristics: Analyze like a humanChapter 9: Histograms: The shape of numbersChapter 10: Regression: PredictionChapter 11: Error: Err WellChapter 12: Relational Databases: Can you relate?Chapter 13: Cleaning Data: Impose orderLeftovers: The Top Ten Things (we didnt cover)Install R: Start R up!Install Excel Analysis Tools: The ToolPak
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