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Statistics for Beginners

How Easy It Is to Lie with Statistics in Business, social Science, Politics, Criminology and Law
Narrated by: Cliff Weldon
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Big Brother is watching you. Discover how statistics can be used to control our society.
 

Have you ever wondered what your neighbor does every morning at 8:35 am, when you hear weird sounds coming from his balcony?
 

Did you ever realize that the “likes“ you put on other people´s Instagram account will influence the next summer collection of Zara, H&M, and Nike?
 

Are you aware that whenever you swipe your credit card in the supermarket, you are not only paying with money, but you are giving valuable personal data away for free?
 

The science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data became a powerful tool to get useful information about humans and their environment.
 

Personal data has more value than ever and yet you leave terabytes of it for free on your devices or floating around in your cloud.
 

Not only do Google and Facebook harvest billions from using your data for advertising, but talented hackers have also created a luxurious living from stealing and selling your data.
 

In our high tech world, decision making is based on evidence instead of assumptions.
 

By now our entire world is build around reliable statistics.
 

...ehm hold on.
 

Reliable?
 

If I tell you baldness raises the cardiovascular disease risk up to 70%, it is a true fact.
 

What I forgot to mention is baldness and old age are related. So what is the cause of cardiovascular diseases? Baldness or old age?
 

Statistics can be misleading and manipulating.
 

Yet there are incredible examples of how statistics helped to solve crimes and find a serial killer.
 

In Statistics for Beginners, you´ll discover:
 

  • How statistics replaced religion and what happened to god
     
  • What will happen when robots will take the world leadership and how close we are to a gigantic robot invasion
     
  • How statistics can save or destroy the world with simple tricks scientists use to present their so called “proven evidence“
     
  • How statistics helped an old lady to get her stolen purse back
     
  • What the customer sees is not even close to the truth and why
     
  • Why you don´t have time to fact check if you become president and how this can mislead an entire nation
     
  • How fishing crews and emancipation are connected
     
  • Why being a voluntary prisoner in Stanford Prison revolutionized the history of statistics
     
  • How to create a future vision and bring Star Wars into real life

    and much more…

Discover the power of statistics and how they change your daily life.

You should know how to interpret the numbers, facts, and studies you consume to be ahead of everyone else and become an insider instead of an innocent victim.

©2019 Abiprod (P)2019 Abiprod

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Great book for the learner!

Using this book in my Research and Statistics class. Love it. The format is easy to follow, the tone is light and the applications both in understanding the concepts and in using the concepts are tremendous!

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Statistics for People Who Hate Statistics

When people ask me about statistics, my typical response is, "I must have been sick the day that was taught" - because even after 2-3 statistics classes in college (which I did okay in), the whole statistical topic remains elusive for me. I bought this book as much for myself as for the people who I work with. This book was immensely helpful for me, and as much helped me with the general understanding of statistics, as well as the benefits of applying statistics in the workplace. After a couple of scans of the book, it actually gave me the confidence to write a short white paper on regression analysis and correlation for my professional association.

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I can confirm I hate statistics...

This book was decent but the class I took was a disaster. This book is probably the only reason I was able to learn the material and pass.

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Interesting & Possible - Yes Stats!

Bob made the topic interesting and made me feel like using stats was a skill I could use in my daily work. I would highly recommend this book to all students of stats, especially for beginners and those needing a refresher after years away.

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Can't say enough good things!

This book SAVED me in my statistics course. It is absolutely funny, witty, and has great examples, explanations, and resources online. Ended up just buying (I had originally rented it) this book for my library. You cannot go wrong with this as a statistics resource!

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Stats made sane

I wish I had this book earlier. He explains statistics clearly and with a very needed sense of humor. His examples are precise and include both calculations by hand and with SPSS19. The layout of chapters progresses nicely without overwhelming with too many concepts at once.

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Great introductory reference

If you are a Stats major, this book is likely not for you. For everyone else, it is a great introduction to many of the statistical concepts needed to analyze data in a meaningful way. One of the greatest benefits of this book is the decision tree of wisdom, which helps develop an understanding of which tests you can use in which circumstances. That alone helped to demystify statistics for me. The explanations are clear, there are lots of examples, and the SPSS software is pretty decent too.

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Decent Book

I have taken stats a few times in undergrad and now graduate school. This book is very straightforward. I appreciated that the author rated the difficulty level of each topic at the beginning of each chapter. This helped me gauge how much time I would likely need on studying and practicing the problems. Its one of the better stats books... especially for non-math people like myself.

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The best statistics book for novice learners

The best statistics book for novice learners!!!! I learned so much this semester and feel like I can truly explain statistical evidence. A huge thank you to my professor for choosing this text for our doctoral class!

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good for graduate students

This is a good resource on some of the most commonly used stats. Students say it is very "user-friendly." Had to supplement with other texts for the more advanced statistics, but it seemed to provide a strong base for the graduate students in my course.

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  • 06-05-19

It's actually done well.

I have to admit...I actually like this stupid book and I definitely HATE statistics. Just like most of you, I'm sure, I had to get this for class. I would venture to say that this book has assisted in my *okay* grade in the class. It can be a little silly at times, but that is the whole point. They are trying to keep you engaged while dumbing down one of the toughest concepts for those of us who don't have the mind of a research scientist.

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  • Titli Ta
  • 06-05-19

Good beginners course...

This was the the required text for my first stats course, so not much to compare it to....lol. Not a fan of certain types of mathematics, I found the text book did a good job of defining and explaining the material.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

I really like this book

I really like this book. I rented it mostly because my instructor at ASU required it. While as a busy and sometimes lazy college student, I skimmed through some of the material and sometimes skipped a few pages. The times when I did actually engage, I really enjoyed the way the writer composed the book. It was informal to the point where it could be fun while providing almost all the help I needed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

User-friendly Stats!

This book is laid out in an easy, understandable fashion. The examples are easy to follow. There are supplemental web resources linked in the book.
It's a great source for review - or if you're new to statistics!
If you have a stats class, or are in graduate school - this book is immensely helpful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Awesome book-very useful for college students!

The book is useful and informative, I am successful in my statistics course so far. The author provides entertaining commentary for each chapter which makes statistics entertaining. Each chapter is short and sweet-to the point and allows the reader to practice the problems at the end which reinforces calculations explained in the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Stats aren't scary after this book.

Such a good foray into statistics, it explains so much information so well and you don't feel treated like a child, rather you are treated like a human being who has logical and sometimes silly thoughts. This book should be every professors/teachers first book for any students that are starting statistics. This makes sure that people aren't scared of statistics but excited about all the possibilities of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Get. This. Book. It’s. So. Worth. It.

Honestly? I didn’t even want to buy this book at first because I despise math. I HATE MATH. I’m terrible at it - I can speak 3 languages and read in at least 2 more, but I still can’t do simple algebra and I had to take quant stats for my doc program beginning in January. However, this book is honestly a miracle and I am not only going to pass this class, I am also going to potentially get an A. Coming from someone who dreaded and cried and fought to understand quantitative statistics, that’s a huge deal, and it’s because of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Great book for the statistically challenged

Great book for the statistically challenged. Emphasizes the how's and why's opposed to just assigning a bunch of numbers to crunch. The only negative comment I have is related to the lack of alternate technology explained. IBM's SPSS is the only technology for which solving the equations is given. SPSS works great, but is expensive and complicated to learn, and was not required for my class. Other technology is available such as graphing calculators and MS Excel. If the book covered their use as well, I would give it 10 stars(if possible).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

This is the best statistics book out there!

This book explains statistics in simple language so that anyone can understand. This is not the case for most stats books! I have taken several 500 and 600 level statistics courses, and I still go back to this book occasionally to review something or listen how to explain it to someone else. I recommend this book to everyone I know taking statistics

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Had To Buy For Class

I can not say it will make anyone like statistics but it is better than the usual statistic textbook, for sure. It gives many other examples of why statistics are important, beyond the usual behavioral science explanations, which is cool, plus, the author totally gets that most taking statistics, are forced to take it, therefore caters to those that fit in that category and really attempts to make one‘s statistics class, not suck, as much :)