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Naked statistics : stripping the dread from the data

Author: Charles J Wheelan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Demystifies the study of statistics by stripping away the technical details to examine the underlying intuition essential for understanding statistical concepts
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles J Wheelan
ISBN: 9780393347777 9780393071955 0393071952 039334777X
OCLC Number: 900238305
Description: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 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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