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Posted January 20, 2013
Another great book by Charles Wheelan
I'm a stat minor in college and this book helped me understand the essential topics and methods more intuitively. I read naked economics a few semesters ago and it made me enjoy econ, so i pre-ordered naked statistics, and so far naked statistics is doing the same for statistics. Examples are funny and insightful and the principles of statistics are clear and explained so that anyone can understand them, no prior knowledge of stat needed.
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Posted March 25, 2013
Highly recommended--info you need that you'll like to read
I heard the author, Charles Wheelan, on CHICAGO TONIGHT and could not wait to get his book. I not only learned how intuitive--or not--statistics can be, but how to determine the truth, or its lack, that they tell. He promises to make it all engaging, readable, and comprehensible, and it is. I would love to take his course at Dartmouth. I have used the book in my AP American History class, as we examine the use of statistics in election campaigns, efforts to pass laws, and attempts to redo pension systems in various states. I relied on his words to take them to new understanding of their world and mine. I have also recommended the book to our math department, as we look at Common Core standards and expectations, which include the investigation of statistics and use of statistical analysis in high school math classes. My mind was so enlivened by all of this that I bought Wheelan's other two books. They are equally wonderful.
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Posted April 1, 2014
Josh, OSU Comp Student, Spring 2014 Wheelan's naked statistics
Josh, OSU Comp Student, Spring 2014
Wheelan's naked statistics is a great book for anyone looking for an introduction to the subject of statistics. With that being said, I would only recommend this book to anyone who is completely new to statistics. I, myself, have already taken an introductory statistics course and the book seemed to just reiterate a lot of the same concepts that I covered in the course. However, Wheelan is not trying to make anyone a statistical expert, he is simply trying to make the concepts of statistics more intuitive to his reader. In my opinion, Wheelan succeeds in two major ways by simplifying statistics and showing their misuses. He does a great job of simplifying statistics by the way he writes the book in such a casual language throughout the book. Anyone can read naked statistics without having to worry about being bogged down by complex mathematical lingo. Also, he uses graphs as an effective way to help better understand the concepts being covered. Wheelan's second area where he greatly succeeded is in how he showed the misuses of statistics by placing correct and incorrect uses of statistics side-by-side. By doing this, Wheelan made it simple to compare each situation and evaluate where the statistical methods went wrong. While Wheelan succeeded in simplifying statistics and showing their misuses, he ultimately failed to keep my interest throughout the book. Part of this I account to the fact that I had already taken a statistics course before reading the book, but I also credit this lack of interest to weak examples. Some of the examples Wheelan uses in the book are interesting and relevant, but more often than not I found myself questioning how the examples related to real-life in any way. Overall, naked statistics is a great book and does a superb job in helping readers understand statistics, however, as stated above, I only recommend this book to anyone who has no prior statistical experience.
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