The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Pelican Books)

July 23, 2019 - Comment

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. In The Art of Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. Drawing on real world problems to introduce conceptual issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. How many trees are there on the planet? Do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? Spiegelhalter reveals the answers to these and many other questions – questions that can only be addressed using statistical science.

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Anonymous says:

Readable book about statistics helping me in my work When I am not writing witty and informative reviews on Amazon my day job is as a Government statistician. Therefore when offered the opportunity to read this book I thought it would be useful for me to do so. And I do believe it is helping me in my work. I am thinking more about how best to present my statistics and what analytical techniques I could use too. So this book works from that perspective.This book takes real world questions and shows you how they’ve been answered…

Anonymous says:

Not a dry staid old handbook! For my sins I was forced to study Statistics as an undergraduate in engineering and later doing a business management diploma. In both courses I was confronted with textbooks that contained a lot of mathematics and equations. And the courses consisted of recipes, to dive into the books and use the formulas and tables to solve a given situation. Quite frankly, I emerged none the wiser despite all the notes, lectures and discussions.After reading a positive review of this book in the…

Anonymous says:

A brilliant read. A great book that offers humour and wit to learning the art of statistics. Not like a statistics book you might have come across before, it is full of pithy examples to help you grasp complex concepts easily. I learnt a lot and have been (mis) using stats for years!

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