By Kaiser Fung
How to make easy feel of complicated statistics--from the writer of Numbers Rule Your World
We stay in a global of massive Data--and it truly is getting higher each day. almost each selection we make hinges on how an individual generates facts . . . and the way another person translates it--whether we understand it or not.
Where do you ship your baby for the simplest schooling? gigantic info. Which airline in the event you decide to confirm a well timed arrival? mammoth facts. Who will you vote for within the subsequent election? substantial Data.
The challenge is, the extra facts we now have, the more challenging it really is to interpret it. From global leaders to common voters, everyone seems to be at risk of making severe judgements according to negative facts interpretations.
In Numbersense, specialist statistician Kaiser Fung explains in case you may still settle for the conclusions of the large facts "experts"--and in case you should still say, "Wait . . . what?" He delves deeply right into a wide selection of subject matters, supplying the solutions to special questions, similar to:
- How does the varsity rating procedure fairly paintings?
- Can an weight problems degree resolve America's greatest healthcare trouble?
- Should you belief present unemployment information issued by means of the govt.?
- How do you enhance your fable activities group?
- Should you are worried approximately companies that song your data?
Don't take without any consideration statements made within the media, via our leaders, or perhaps by means of your ally. we are on details overload this day, and there is a lot of undesirable info out there.
Numbersense provides the perception into how massive information interpretation works--and the way it too frequently does not paintings. you will not come away with the abilities of a pro statistician. yet you've a willing knowing of the information traps even the simplest statisticians can fall into, and you may belief the psychological alarm that is going off on your head while anything simply does not appear to upload up.
Praise for Numbersense
"Numbersense appropriately places the emphasis now not at the dimension of massive information, yet at the research of it. plenty of enjoyable tales, lots of classes learned―in brief, a good way to procure your personal feel of numbers!"
Thomas H. Davenport, coauthor of Competing on Analytics and President’s extraordinary Professor of IT and administration, Babson College
"Kaiser’s available enterprise booklet will blow your brain like no different. You’ll be smarter, and also you won’t even understand it. purchase. It. Now."
Avinash Kaushik, electronic advertising Evangelist, Google, and writer, Web Analytics 2.0
"Each tale in Numbersense is going deep into what you might want to take into consideration prior to you belief the numbers. Kaiser Fung ably demonstrates that it takes ability and resourcefulness to make the numbers confess their meaning."
John Sall, government vp, SAS Institute
"Kaiser Fung breaks the undesirable news―a ton extra info is not any panacea―but then has obtained your again, revealing the pitfalls of research with stimulating tales from front traces of commercial, politics, healthiness care, executive, and schooling. The treatment isn’t a sophisticated measure, neither is it logic. you would like Numbersense."
Eric Siegel, founder, Predictive Analytics international, and writer, Predictive Analytics
"I laughed my means via this superb-useful-fun ebook and discovered and relearned much. hugely recommended!"
Tom Peters, writer of In seek of Excellence
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