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Numbers Guide: The Essentials of Business Numeracy, Fifth Edition (The Economist Series) Hardcover – April, 2003
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As you may have noticed, I really loved the older edition of The Economist Numbers Guide that I thankfully own. It is a great overview and introduction of mathematics as it relates to business. There are a lot of great things about that edition of this book. One of the things I admired about it was the range of topics covered, from interest rates and basic probability/statistics all the way up to Markov Chains, linear programming, and marginal analysis. It is hard to find the breadth of topics covered in that book elsewhere - whether all in one book or in any combination of books.
So I found it perplexing that this 5th edition dedacted some materials and topics covered in older editions. Gone are the interesting discussion of descriptive statistics for sets of data that do not easily conform to any of the standard probability distributions (e.g., where median is the best measure of the 'average' and substitutes must be used for the more common parameters such as standard deviation). I have a hard time finding anything coherent much less accessible on those topics elsewhere so it is a shame that they were left off of the 5th edition.
The only new material (not previously present) is a short blurb on public-key cryptography.Read more ›
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If you work with numbers this one better be on your bookshelf. I've carried mine across two continents now. Invaluable.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been looking for an easy to read, understand and all rounder book in business math and finally i found it. Number Guide is, in most part what I've been looking for. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Ayman S. Alalfy