Information Generation: How Data Rules Our World

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Information Generation is the story of the seminal role data plays in our lives and explains how the advance of our civilization has come hand in hand with our ability to collect and interpret data. Starting with occasional scratching on cave walls, eminent statistician David J. Hand guides us right up to the modern era where society is completely dependent on an abundance of data systems for its very survival.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851684458
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,530,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Let there be Light     1
The world of data     1
The power of data     3
What are data?     7
The cost of data     11
The Origins of Data     14
Numbers, counting, measuring and recording     14
Drowning in data     22
A Lever to Move the World     29
Introduction     29
Magic     32
Science: the genesis     39
Science: the foundations     44
What is science?     51
Beating theories until they squeal     64
Mathematization     67
Science and religions     78
Big Brother's Eyes     83
Your every movement, your every action     83
Geodemographics     93
You do what?     97
Politics     103
Knowing all about you     104
A delicate balance     109
Modern Data Science     111
What is modern data science?     111
Collecting data     114
Survey sampling     117
Experimental design     121
Storing data     128
Statistics     131
Machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, neural networks and more     147
And even more     156
In Data we Trust     160
Introduction     160
Accuracy, precision and bias     163
Distorted data     166
Missing data     184
Detecting errors in data     192
Preventing errors in data     197
Living with errors in data     200
Relevance, timeliness and beyond     203
The morality of good data     205
Deception and Dishonesty with Data     208
Overlooking, concealing and inventing reality     208
White lies: good reasons for concealing the truth     223
Forensic data analysis     226
Epilogue: the beginning     233
Further Reading     236
Index     240
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