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Naked Statistics Audiobook

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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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.

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

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    C. Zacharias Kelowna, British Columbia 10-20-17
    C. Zacharias Kelowna, British Columbia 10-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    Excellent and important book. I preferred The Drunkard’s Walk though. Perhaps because I listened to it first?

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    Greg 10-04-17
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    this was an interesting listen however the examples didn't translate well to audio book format

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    L. Williams Raliegh, NC United States 10-02-17
    L. Williams Raliegh, NC United States 10-02-17
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    "Outstanding!"

    Incredibly simplified view of statistics used in daily life. I learned so much and so will you!!!

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    "Decent Intro to Statistics & Probability"

    I consider myself moderately well versed in the topic. For me, it proved too elementary. Yet, for anyone with no knowledge of the topic or only intro to stats long ago, this makes a worthy review. Stats & probability have such importance in daily life, to have little or no knowledge of it equates to walking around naked wearing a sign saying "spank me."

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    Boyd Tschaggeny 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Somewhere Between a Review and a Crash Course"

    If you once took a college course on statistics and you can't remember it very well, this book is for you. If you're familiar terms used in statistics, this is for you. If you are looking to replace a course or experience with this book, this is NOT for you.

    This book is primarily a review of statistics for someone with some knowledge of statistics. It is really long for a review. You'll get bored with this book. You may even get frustrated at its slow pace, based on how much you already know. The book just doesn't give you enough information to actually make it a crash course. There are too many examples and not enough explanation to deem it a course.

    I liked this book for what it is: a review of statistics. I didn't like how long it was and the forced humor got old pretty quickly.

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    Dev 06-21-17
    Dev 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening for PhD students"

    Not only should higher education learners read this book to know what else is out there in the realm of stats, but I recommend this book to all who would like to know the super weapon we use to make reasonable decisions every day.

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    Matthew 06-11-17
    Matthew 06-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    A funny and informative introduction to the subject. I never thought I'd have so much fun with a book about data analysis!

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    "Good review"

    Very nice explanation of what statistics is and what it does. Not too many numbers and formulas, however they do get the point across of its limitations and uses are. Would definitely recommend to every scientists, student, healthcare provider.

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    Hazmat 05-31-17
    Hazmat 05-31-17
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    "very insightful!"

    I did think some chapters were much better than others but overall I learned a lot (math and data nerd here though).

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    "hcl03" 05-28-17
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    "Good narration but not a book suited for audio"

    There are a lot of references to graphs and charts that make this book hard to follow completely in audio

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    "Great intro to stats"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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  • firemonkey
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    "Great intro book"
    If you could sum up Naked Statistics in three words, what would they be?

    A well told, easy listen, intro to statistics as a whole, some of the finer (beginners') points, stories, anecdotes, references, and ethics.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked Statistics?

    Enjoyed hearing the statistical proof that 50% of published academic papers are trash, with a 50% chance of the published proof being trash :)


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    iStatistics


    Any additional comments?

    No more sausage club buses please!

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  • dot_stockport
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    "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.

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  • Nichole DeMichelis
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    "Patronising tone ruined an interesting subject"
    What would have made Naked Statistics better?

    Cringe-inducing dad jokes, constant jibes about how "math is hard", the authors strange obsession with weight and sausage--- literally everything that wasn't the math made this painful. I was hoping for a simple explanation of these concepts, but I got way more than I signed up for.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Wheelan again?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Naked Statistics?

    The narrator.


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  • Rashik Parmar
    5/8/17
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    "Great reminder of many of the topics learned"

    The book takes fact filled approach to statistics that uses modern data to show that what can be inferred.

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