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Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data | [Charles Wheelan]

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy". 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.

For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.

You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal - and you’ll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a best seller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Charles Wheelan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Julian Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13
    Julian Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, excellent narration."

    The narration of this book is excellent. Topics covered are very interesting to a newby in statistics.

    After listening to this book, you want to know more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Opp Tahlequah 08-08-13
    Sue Opp Tahlequah 08-08-13 Member Since 2005

    Sue

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    "Gave reasons to take stats"

    Not everyone can say they enjoy statistics but when people that it is one of the up and coming fields for the coming decade, more might find they can like it. This would be a great book for anyone preparing themselves to take a college level stats class, whether it is mathematical or social stats it is going to give you reasons to be interested than classroom time is bound to do. The author's use of the same situation to build cases for different stats methods is helpful in understanding different uses for statistical data and research. I am quite sure that this is easier to listen to than to sit down and read...at least for me!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LongerILiveLessIKnow Pennsylvania 08-06-13
    LongerILiveLessIKnow Pennsylvania 08-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny. Accessible. Mostly entry level concepts."

    An accessible, lighthearted, primer on basic concepts in statistics. Topics include: basic probability, polling, central limit theorem, and regression analysis. Excellent use of case studies to animate the material.

    I suppose there's more sublime pickings out there on Audible, but this book does well what it promises on its front cover.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luís 03-26-15
    Luís 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This listening should be mandatory!"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This book covers a broad array of statistical tools that are undoubtedly welded in our modern western society. These tools are used virtually everywhere around us, in "socially relevant" fields of human knowledge and relations. The author, showing great domination over the subject, debunks statistical principles from the basics, and in a very informative manner makes it easy for the average reader to grasp the concepts. I'm trained in superior Mathematics, and am graduating as Engineer... still, this helped me greatly to revise and revive the concepts that I've already learned; and, in the process, learn in more depth about many aspects that make up my daily life, which are statiscally driven, a characteristic somewhat hidden in most of the times. This is an easy listening for everyone, from the junior high schooler to the retired construction worker. Everybody can listen to this book, following easily without significant struggle. Everybody SHOULD listen to this book, in order to "digest" better the huge amounts of information that we are exposed to - or give off to third parties without even noticing. Don't expect a boring textbook full of equations and data science terminology; instead, this will be an understandable account of what is the meaning of statistics, and how it is part of our lives today. Enjoy!!

    PS: Audible provides a PDF file that is very useful, as the narrator refers to some diagrams there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Boston 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific!"

    I've always naturally be skeptical of statistics posted online. This book helped me understand why I was skeptical and what to look for in the future to be more aware of questionable findings.

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    MarkS 01-27-15
    MarkS 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Statistics for everyone"

    Loved the book. Learnt some new things, which is what I look for in every book I read. Narrator did a great job of telling the story without being the story. Now to put these techniques into practice.

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    Cynthia 11-29-14
    Cynthia 11-29-14
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    "A surprising gem"

    I got this audiobook on sale because I figured it would be educational and I wanted to brush up on my statistics. I assumed it would have a slow pace and monotone narration.. I was wrong. It is unexpectedly interesting with great real-world examples and an excellent narrator. It occasionally gets bogged down (the bus and body weight metaphor in particular) but this is rare.

    It is a gem: a book which is both entertaining and informative. It could serve as a primer for anyone interested in learning how statistics work in the real world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David PASADENA, CA, United States 05-27-14
    David PASADENA, CA, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

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    "Statistics: not stripped down, but made simple"
    Would you try another book from Charles Wheelan and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No. This book was too remedial. If he covered a topic that I had NO basis for understanding I might consider it.


    Has Naked Statistics turned you off from other books in this genre?

    On the contrary, I love books about statistics, math, social economics. This book summarized my old high school statists lectures, nothing more.
    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other performances by this narrator, so no comparision possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was hoping for eithre more advanced statistics made simple or applied statistics. There was too mch basic math.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 08-14-13
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you need to learn a lot about stats in a short amount of time, this book does the trick.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One of the best narrators there is.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice, his rhythm and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a stats final to take next week, i'll come back and let you know if this was enough to pass the intro course with no other knowledge of the topic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Renton, WA, United States 05-10-13
    Mary Renton, WA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    I really liked this book. I wish it had a little more technical stuff in it but overall it was very entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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