Synopses & Reviews
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly transforming into a discipline that Hal Varian at Google has actually 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 so key to understanding the power of statistical concepts. 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? Statistics can be used to tackle these questions and others that are incredibly important and relevant to us today. With the trademark wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan brings another essential discipline to life with that one-in-a-million statistics book that you'll read for pleasure.
"Wheelan (Naked Economics) offers a helping hand and a humorous perspective to everyone who's ever felt confused, lied to, or just plain lost when it comes to statistics, those handy data sets used to determine everything from batting averages and trends on Wall Street to the quality of a school and which door you should pick if you're playing Let's Make a Deal. The author shows how statistics like the mean and the median are used to summarize and find patterns in large collections of data, and in later chapters he consider how statistics are used to assess large-scale economic risk and to find important connections between different sets of data, like those that allow Netflix to offer reasonable movie recommendations. Throughout, Wheelan stresses how statistics 'rarely a single 'right' answer;' indeed, when deployed carelessly or deliberately misused, they can sometimes obscure the truth. Furthermore, the author reminds readers that while data can be used to help make better decisions, 'even the most precise measurements or calculations should be checked against common sense.' Wheelan's relatively mathless real world examples (he sequesters equations in appendixes) and wry style heavily seasoned with pop culture references make for a fun and illuminating read. Agent: Tina Bennett, William Morris Endeavor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you'll welcome and enjoy.
About the Author
Charles Wheelan is the author of Naked Statistics and the internationally best-selling Naked Economics. He teaches at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.