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Naked Statistics Audiobook

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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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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    Kristopher Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13
    Kristopher Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Solid and digestable summary of statistics"

    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.

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    Julian Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13
    Julian Calgary, AB, Canada 11-06-13
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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!

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    Sue Opp Puyallup 08-08-13
    Sue Opp Puyallup 08-08-13 Member Since 2005

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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!

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    LongerILiveLessIKnow Pennsylvania 08-06-13
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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.

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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.

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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-23-17
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-23-17 Member Since 2016

    I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!

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    "A mean listen"

    Charles Wheelan takes a desert-dry subject, statistics, and rehydrates it with hosepipesfull of humour and real-world examples to bring it to life.

    He starts at the very beginning, with some extremely basic insights into probability, such as explaining what your chances would be of flipping five heads in a row. This seems perhaps too basic, but in fairness it is good to start right at the beginning and build from there. It soon gets more complicated than this, with a close look at the famous Monty Hall problem to show us that when it comes to probability, our intuition can mislead us to a surprising extent.

    He then progresses to other statistical concepts of intermediate difficulty, such as the mean, the median, standard deviations and statistical significance and in the latter part of the book he stretches the novice (me) with the Central Theorem and Regression Analysis.

    At every step of the way he illustrates his explanations with helpful and funny real-world examples, such as baseball batting averages, a Schlitz beer commercial and a bus full of overweight people on their way to a sausage festival.

    Sometimes the audiobook format doesn’t work too well. There’s an accompanying pdf which is difficult to look at while you’re driving, biking or kayaking – and so you may feel that you get the general gist of a concept without really nailing it, but you can’t have everything in this World.

    Overall it’s a good enlightening listen.

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    Dave Voyles 07-05-16
    Dave Voyles 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Will make you actually enjoy math"

    Growing up, I had horrible math scores, and the class bored me to tears. I realized years later that it was largely due to poor explanations and lack of interest from my teachers.

    This book has helped me realize that I really do enjoy stats, as well as the psychologist behind how people draw conclusions. The author does a fantastic job of illustrating his points through clear examples and a bit of humor.

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    "Makes statistics somewhat more understandable"

    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.

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    Tyson Compton 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish I had this book in College. "

    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.

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    Obistat 04-07-16
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    "Very nice explained in layman's terms"

    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.

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