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Statistics has never been this much fun, or this useful. Statistics Hacks isn’t just for statisticians and scientists (though they’ll love it): It’s for anyone who hates getting bamboozled.
Bruce Frey starts with some indispensable ground rules for demonstrating causation and understanding the true significance of your findings, as well as the “one secret thing that makes [statisticians] seem smarter than everybody else.” He offers hacks for discovering hidden relationships between variables; asking questions that are likelier to elicit accurate answers, and making probability your friend, in games from Texas Hold ’Em to roulette. You’ll learn how to weed out bad answers on tests, demystify amazing coincidences, even spot faked data.
For each tip, Frey explains why it works, where else it works, and, crucially, where it doesn’t work. These aren’t just “hacks”: They’re essential tools for life in the 21st century. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only