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Thinking Statistically Paperback – February 26, 2013
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Why do the Geico ads make no sense? Is your boss really as ignorant as you think, or is there something else at work? Is your girlfriend cheating on you?
Read this book (it's a quick one) to figure out how to approach these (and other) questions with some statistical rigor. It's a fun read.
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.
I happened to like Uri's style, though I agree that he goes a bit overboard with cutesy. But I think he's done this because statistics often is one of the more boring, and intimidating, topics anyone could write a book about. This book, not Uri, gets 4 stars for two reasons: 1) it separates concept from theory and formulas and 2) for being accessible, interesting, topical and pretty fun to read, especially in less than 50 pages. Bravo, Uri.