Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data


By (author) Charles Wheelan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 28mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393071952
  • ISBN 13: 9780393071955
  • Sales rank: 57,013

Product description

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.

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Author information

Charles Wheelan teaches at Dartmouth College and is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics (ISBN 978 0 393 33764 8).

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"...his [Wheelan's] style is innovative and often witty." New Scientist "...a very well-executed attack on the dread of statistics by Wheelan. He is a likeable assailant, who has employed some clever and interesting examples in his will be enlightened and entertained in equal measure." THE "Charles Wheelan...does something unique here: he makes statistics interesting and fun. His book strips the subject of its complexity to expose the sexy stuff underneath...The results work wonderfully." The Economist "In a world driven by data, uses - and abuses - of statistics are ever increasing. For non-specialists wanting to understand why, this book is not a bad place to start." BBC Focus