The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data

September 17, 2019 - Comment

The definitive guide to statistical thinkingStatistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day. In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the fiction, the

The definitive guide to statistical thinking
Statistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day. In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the fiction, the ostentatious embellishments from the raw evidence — and even more so if we hope to participate in the future, rather than being simple bystanders.
In The Art of Statistics, world-renowned statistician David Spiegelhalter shows readers how to derive knowledge from raw data by focusing on the concepts and connections behind the math. Drawing on real world examples to introduce complex issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether a notorious serial killer could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. The Art of Statistics not only shows us how mathematicians have used statistical science to solve these problems — it teaches us how we too can think like statisticians. We learn how to clarify our questions, assumptions, and expectations when approaching a problem, and — perhaps even more importantly — we learn how to responsibly interpret the answers we receive.
Combining the incomparable insight of an expert with the playful enthusiasm of an aficionado, The Art of Statistics is the definitive guide to stats that every modern person needs.

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Anonymous says:

Vital statistics Data and statistics are core subjects in many disciplines, including economics and psychology, and are viewed very much with disinterest by those who are not concerned with them. That has much to do with the fact that statistics are all about numbers. Yet here is a book that has turned statistics into a fun subject. It rouses curiosity and enlightens us without pain. On the contrary, the book is written with exemplary clarity. Who were the kind of people that Harold Shipman, the…

Anonymous says:

Explains clearly a wide variety of statistics, including risk and uncertainty. (Reviewed based on Verified Purchase of UK Pelican edition – same content) This book could be considered just a new statistics text, aiming to increase the statistical literacy of the general public and taught with interesting, real-life, often high-profile examples to be engaging and accessible. It succeeds on that level but the book is much more. “The Art of Statistics” is the compilation and distillation of David Spiegelhalter’s 40 years of professional experience and wisdom, mostly in…

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