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.
©2013 Charles Wheelan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Very well written - engaging and interesting. It's a stats class that woudl have been fun to take in school. Covers basic stats from mean and median up to regression analysis and things to watch for when interpreting these statistics.
Due to the content, it's sometimes difficult to follow in the audio version and a visual would have been helpful but otherwise, a useful and worthwhile discussion of important understandings of the use of statistics in the real world.
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!
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!
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.
Written in a mildly entertaining, but also very educational manner, this book explains the basic tools of statistics, together with their cons and pros. It also provides plenty of interesting and sometimes funny examples for their applications. Quite similar to Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise in more than one way, which I also liked.
The narrator has a soft, Colin Firth-like voice and is easy on the ears.
Wheelen reels you in by using humor and anecdotes to relate statistics to the real world. He makes conplicated concepts easier to understand. Davis does a great job narrating. I'd recommend this book for people who don't have prior knowledge of statistics, yet are intrigued by science, data, or want a beginner's knowledge.
Good voice, very well explained complete with the explanation of the most common statistical errors. Pictures and graphics are described clearly AND available in an additional pdf.
I loved this book and would recommend it anyone who wants a better understanding of basic statistics and how they affect us in the real world. Took away a star because it made references to charts and appendices but never told listeners where we could find them.
I understand statistical concepts better after reading this book than ever before (even after taking undergraduate and graduate statistics classes). This book does not teach you the math, but does give you the intuition to understand what is going on. I highly recommended to anyone. It would be a great book to read (or listen to) before, during, or after a statistics class - or for anyone wanting to better understand how statistics can be used to address important societal challenges. It also gives you the tools to detect the incorrect application of statistics and spurious conclusions. The book gives a great description of multivariate linear regression. I finally understand what is going on behind the scenes when 'controlling for other factors' (thank you!). Also, the narration is very good and highly engaging. Definitely recommend!
Favorite Statistics Book
As an investor the VaR section was interesting.
The best narration I have heard.
"Great intro to stats"
This is one of the best introductory statistics books I've listened to or read. It covers statistics as a general topic without getting bogged down in too much detail. Therefore, people are likely to come away with a clearer understanding of the topic overall. Many introductory texts focus on specific simple tests etc. and lose the overall concepts.
"pretty decent stuff!"
Right. for info I'm not a stats newbie so cannot speak for those who are. This is a clear and correct account of basic stats principles with relevant examples. it's designed for a us audience, so starting with baseball averages isnt great for those of us who arent frim baseball nations, but its not baseball all the way. The reading is at the better end of the scale for a non fiction book, there is some intonation and no horrible mispronouncition, but it still seems like the reader was bored or didnt understand at points. I found it a neat quick refresher.
"Great intro book"
A well told, easy listen, intro to statistics as a whole, some of the finer (beginners') points, stories, anecdotes, references, and ethics.
Enjoyed hearing the statistical proof that 50% of published academic papers are trash, with a 50% chance of the published proof being trash :)
No more sausage club buses please!
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