Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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by Charles Wheelan
     
 

The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you’ll welcome and enjoy.See more details below

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The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you’ll welcome and enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393071955
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2013
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
110,990
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why I hated calculus but love statistics ix

Acknowledgments xvii

1 What's the Point? 1

2 Descriptive Statistics: Who was the best baseball player of all time? 15

Appendix to Chapter 2 34

3 Deceptive Description: "He's got a great personality!" and other true but grossly misleading statements 36

4 Correlation: How does Netflix know what movies I like? 58

Appendix to Chapter 4 65

5 Basic Probability: Don't buy the extended warranty on your $99 printer 68

51/2 The Monty Hall Problem 90

6 Problems with Probability: How overconfident math geeks nearly destroyed the global financial system 95

7 The Importance of Data: "Garbage in, garbage out" 110

8 The Central Limit Theorem: The Lebron James of statistics 127

9 Inference: Why my statistics professor thought I might have cheated 143

Appendix to Chapter 9 164

10 Polling: How we know that 64 percent of Americans support the death penalty (with a sampling error ± 3 percent) 169

Appendix to Chapter 10 183

11 Regression Analysis: The miracle elixir 185

Appendix to Chapter 11 208

12 Common Regression Mistakes: The mandatory warning label 212

13 Program Evaluation: Will going to Harvard change your life? 225

Conclusion: Five questions that statistics can help answer 241

Appendix: Statistical software 257

Notes 261

Index 269

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