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Naked statistics : stripping the dread from the data

Author: Charles J Wheelan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 this book the author demystifies the study of statistics by stripping away the arcane and technical details to get at the underlying  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles J Wheelan
ISBN: 9780393071955 0393071952
OCLC Number: 783162698
Description: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Why I hated calculus but love statistics --
What's the point? --
Descriptive statistics : Who was the best baseball player of all time? --
Deceptive description : "He's got a great personality!" and other true but grossly misleading statements --
Correlation : How does Netflix know what movies I like? --
Basic probability : Don't buy the extended warranty on your $99 printer --
The Monty Hall problem --
Problems with probability : How overconfident math geeks nearly destroyed the global financial system --
The importance of data : "Garbage in, garbage out" --
The central limit theorem : The Lebron James of statistics --
Inference : Why my statistics professor thought I might have cheated --
Polling : How we know that 64 percent of Americans support the death penalty (with a sampling error (plus or minus) 3 percent) --
Regression analysis : The miracle elixir --
Common regression mistakes : The mandatory warning label --
Program evaluation : Will going to Harvard change your life? --
Conclusion : Five questions that statistics can help answer --
Appendix : Statistical software.
Responsibility: Charles Wheelan.

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