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Product Details

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469912333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469912332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uri Bram writes accessible non-fiction with a conceptual approach to mathematical, scientific and analytical thinking.

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After of few pages of this author trying to be too cute, it gets very boring, very quickly.
R.L.D.
The book includes relatively easy to understand introductions to statistical concepts and a bunch of cool, real-world applications of those concepts and implications.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By TMOT on November 11, 2012
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I bought the kindle version of this book for dirt cheap, but in my opinion it still wasn't worth what I paid. I had hoped to find some interesting tidbits that might help teach basic concepts, but instead I found rewarmed versions of the most overused examples in all of statistics (e.g., the Dewey Defeats Truman story) with nothing new or interesting added to them, supported by citations of Wikipedia(!). (Don't get me wrong, I love Wikipedia...but if that is your main source of info on a topic, please don't write a book. Wiki should cite books, not the other way around).

If you teach stats or are taking it, I definitely suggest you look elsewhere for an interesting/helpful supplement to your textbook. This isn't it. You might try What is a p-value anyway? 34 Stories to Help You Actually Understand Statistics.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Self-Selected on November 9, 2011
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Perversely, the best compliment I can give this book is to warn prospective readers against relying on it's very high reviews, because of the inherent selection bias in the sample of reviewers relative to the entire population of readers.

Seriously, though, it was a truly excellent read and far more fun than a book about statistics has any right to be. So just this once, ignore the selection bias and trust the 5 stars.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anne on January 22, 2012
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This book offers a simple, engaging introduction to key statistical concepts. More advanced students may not encounter any new concepts* but they will be helped by the author's intuitive explanations that make the fundamentals taught in years of statistics and social science courses make sense like never before.

I highly recommended this book, especially for: beginning students looking to get some initial motivation to study statistics or a short, fun intro to key concepts (or eager parents who want to encourage interest in statistics); intermediate/advanced students who want to get more excited by the subject matter or are looking for intuitive explanations of the concepts covered in the book (selection bias, endogeneity, Bayes Theorem); and anyone who wants to seem smart at dinner parties.

*They will learn why they likely won't save money by switching to Geico.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mersenneary on October 30, 2011
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Really well done, particularly the section on perception and selection bias (especially enjoyed examples on why it seems like we forget people's names way more than they forget ours, and interpreting a skewed sample of comments after an open mic night). Great introduction to Bayesian thinking as well. Rigorous in being correct mathematically, but no barriers to entry there for people new to the concept, either.

In short: I enjoyed your performance! Quit your day job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rm on December 11, 2012
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The introduction to Bayesian thinking is quite nice. I have used Bram's style and examples to explain the concepts to new students with great success. A very valuable book for anyone who needs to kick start statistical thinking in students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2013
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Good for people who are intimidated by numbers and equations, but still wnat ot know some of the tricks commonly used to decieve the public by the media, government agencies, and corporate world. Learn why "switching" data always makes the advertiser look better than they are, how census numbers are used to lie to you, etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stewart McLeod on December 26, 2012
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A quick and concise explanation of three common errors made when evaluating statistical information. Often used by politions and the media to confuse (themselves as well).

May need a couple of reads to sink in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brian on May 10, 2013
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The book accomplished what it set out to do, provide an intuitive understanding of statistics. It's the kind of book you read over and over again to help maintain a higher level understanding of the problem that often get lost in the math.
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