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SLC, UT | Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
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  • 36 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Michael says: "Starts well then becomes non-Audible"
    "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked Statistics?

    Wheelan's treatment of the Central Limit Theorem was well thought out and expertly illustrated. For most readers this will be a rehash-- but a welcome rehash as it is one of the most important concepts in all of statistics.

    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    The reader had a very deliberate style. You can tell he took great pains to convey and reinforce the message. Mr Davis was easily one of the best readers I've had the chance to listen to on Audible.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Statistics...made refreshing

    Any additional comments?

    Every manager and data analyst worth their salt should take the time to listen to this book. There is solid substance on offer here-- without the typically lengthy historical rehashes.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Rehash of 'The Drunkards Walk'-- with poker"
    Would you try another book from Nate Silver and/or Mike Chamberlain?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Signal and the Noise?

    Eliminate all of the poker references. They were distracting, lacked illustrative power, and had far too much emphasis placed on them.

    Any additional comments?

    The Signal and the Noise is striving to be something that already exists. Namely, it is at times an almost word for word retelling of the much better, 'The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives.' Anectdotes and examples are all strangely overlapping and one gets the suspicion that Mr. Silver has a well worn dog-eared copy of Mlodinow's book near him at all times.

    If you want to reinforce the content in Mlodinow's much better example, then by all means 'The Signal and the Noise' serves its purpose. Just don't be too quick in giving Mr. Silver all the credit here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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