I enjoyed the book, but the information is out of date.
This wouldn't be so bad if it didn't seem to be very and almost overly focused on case studies of particular businesses. So a lot of the information is out of date and almost every "working" on is now the norm and even the consumer is aware of most of the items.
If you have not background in analytics, then sure it might be a good one.
The author then tends to lean more towards the critical aspects of their usage. If you are looking for statistical background.. you will not get it.
Yes, the content was generally good and covered the base topics, just really out of date being 7+ years out of date being published sometimes in 2007 and likely written in 2006 or earlier.
It was ridiculously mono-tone and without emotion. This topic is a bit dry and the monotone makes it more dry even for those familiar with the topic. It sounds obvious like the narrator is reading it sometimes line by line with lots of pauses.
No, it might be good for the History Channel.
The book seriously needs an updating with updating the case studies or removing them to give the applicability of the book to be longer term. It does have some good concepts for those unfamiliar with the topic, but it seems just so far out of date.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
I did not like or dislike this book. It spends >80% of its time advocating the effectiveness and value of super crunching numbers, and giving dozens of examples of how it is used effectively. It could have accomplished that goal in far less time.
The balance of the book touched a very little bit on what super crunching actually is, but way too little for me. Near the end, the author says this book is an introduction, and you have to take him quite literally on that point. Get this book if you are interested in how super crunching is used. I got this book because I wanted to know more about how it is done, and I was disappointed.
For me yes, because I mostly listened to it while walking the dog.
The history of the crunching algorithms.
The part about how super crunching helps identify crime.
No, I mostly listen to audiobooks while walking the dog.
Captivating listen for math lovers.
This book gives the feeling of repeating over and over the message that statistical analysis is more accurate than the judgment of an individual expert. What's missing are specific examples of what kinds of information are being collected, how they are analyzed, and what has been learned from them. There are some examples, but it feels like for every one minute of specifics there are ten minutes of the book's main idea being repeated yet again. I kept checking to see if this was the abridged version, but it's not. The whole thing feels like an advertisement telling business executives, "Hire a lot of quantitative analysts, trust that they're more accurate than anyone else, and don't try to understand what they're doing." Perhaps the author was told to produce something dumbed-down.
I usually listen to audiobooks while doing my daily exercises and I chose this one because I really enjoyed "Freakonomics." I found this book to be an interesting basic overview of the new number-crunching. The only drawback to it was the occasional interjection of the author's personal opinions on politics and culture, opinions about which I could hardly care less. While I enjoyed it, the book kind of ran out of gas at the end.
I have not listened to Michael Kramer before, but I will again. His style is easy on the ears and he manages to keep his own personality subsumed to the text.
Terrific introduction to the many ways in which simply collecting the data and analyzing it using statistical methods results in conclusions that beat out what intuition says. Ian Ayres does a great job of walking us through this, and Michael Kramer, the narrator, delivers an energetic performance. Although this book is a few years old, and thus, its examples are not the most current, it still delivers the goods.
Facinating read, based very little on mathmatical theory and provides astounding insight into the world of statistics and the part they play in a world that is changing at an exponential pace.
Excellently narrated, almost haughty.
This book is just one long infomercial talking about how random businesses apply the use of a database. Not very math oriented, and never gets deep enough to learn anything.
The book --- the content --- is great but the narrator must have been a low-budget hire from "Rent-A-Reader." This guy clearly had no idea what he was reading and sounded like he could have been reading the phone book. He even mispronounced a few words. It really distracted me from absorbing the intent of the author.