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Tags: central limit theorem / correlation / deceptive statistics / descriptive statistics / probability / regression analysis / statistics

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“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.

And in Wheelan’s trademark style, there’s not a dull page in sight. 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 bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.”

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## By nvergos October 25, 2015 - 9:34 pm

“Naked statistics” is an excellent book! It presents descriptive statistics in a clear and concise way, without any mathematical rigor. However it is still very accurate scientifically and it does a great job in presenting concepts like the Central Limit Theorem and its importance, sampling, errors in significant tests etc. Even though I do have a hard sciences (and statistics) background, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable and it did give me many “a-ha!” moments through the clarity of its presentation. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick “Stats 101” refresher before diving into more advanced concepts, or to anyone who wants to be more smart when reading the results of any kind of statistical poll.

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## By bouncebarkrun September 24, 2017 - 3:37 pm

Copied from a review I wrote on my blog: This was a fun read (yes, about statistics! really!) that explained the basics of statistics, probability, models, and more in a fun and engaging fashion using real life examples – everything from Enron to beer taste-testing to baseball. While the baseball examples generally put me to sleep, much like the sport itself does, the fact that this book kept me awake after my bedtime speaks to how entertaining the author makes the topic. Not only does Wheelan make a sometimes-dry topic fun, the reader learns about topics that affect all of us significantly – election polls, advertising, financial scams and more. Now more than ever, there’s a need to be aware of good versus bad data and this book helps the reader to see through claims made with bad data and bad statistics.

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