- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039334777X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393347777
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 425 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“While a great measure of the book’s appeal comes from Mr. Wheelan’s fluent style―a natural comedian, he is truly the Dave Barry of the coin toss set―the rest comes from his multiple real world examples illustrating exactly why even the most reluctant mathophobe is well advised to achieve a personal understanding of the statistical underpinnings of life.”
- New York Times
“The best math teacher you never had. [Naked Statistics] is filled with practical lessons, like how to judge the validity of polls, why you should never buy a lottery ticket, and how to keep an eye out for red flags in public statements.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“Naked Statistics is an apt title. Charles Wheelan strips away the superfluous outer garments and exposes the underlying beauty of the subject in a way that everyone can appreciate.”
- Hal Varian, chief economist at Google
“I cannot stress enough the importance of Americans’ need to understand statistics―the basis for a great deal of what we hear and read these days―and I cannot stress enough the value of Wheelan’s book in giving readers an approachable avenue to understanding statistics. Almost anyone interested in sports, politics, business, and the myriad of other areas in which statistics rule the roost today will benefit from this highly readable, on-target, and important book.”
- Frank Newport, Gallup editor-in-chief
“A fun, engaging book that shows why statistics is a vital tool for anyone who wants to understand the modern world.”
- Jacob J. Goldstein, "Planet Money" on NPR
“Two phrases you don’t often see together: ‘statistics primer’ and ‘rollicking good time.’ Until Charlie Wheelan got to it, that is. This book explains the way statistical ideas can help you understand much of everyday life.”
- Austan Goolsbee, professor of economics at the University of Chicago and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
About the Author
Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics and is a former correspondent for The Economist. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.
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The book is very readable and is often funny. Wheelan introduces some concepts through a new TV show: CSI Regression Analysis. Each statistical concept is presented through several examples. Topics covered range from descriptive statistics to correlation/causation and false positive vs. false negative, among others. The Monty Hall problem is also very well explained.
The book goes on with more advanced topics such as randomized experiments. The author explains several challenges related to such methods and how to surpass them. Wheelan also discusses hypothesis tests and issues related to confidence level and p-value. The book is an homage to How to Lie with Statistics and it is complementary to it. Naked Statistics is a delicious surprise that will delight anybody interested in statistics and analytics.
First day of the program, first class / session (after the orientation, etc) was statistics... My head was spinning and I had lost all hopes on my journey in data science :) So many new jargons, so many new techniques which I could only partially understand or relate to! (Mind that I have always very good in mathematics and loved it)
And then I came across this book "Naked Statistics" and am partially through it... Wow! The author seemed to have been through what I do now! And what a great relief that I could relate, comprehend and correlate now statistics to a "better" extend. Hopefully, it will be a "greater" extent when I finish the book.
I was so overjoyed that I could not wait until I finished the book to create the review. Hope this review helps folks like me.