• Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-04-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (172 ratings)

Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy". From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.
For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.
You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal - and you’ll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a best seller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Charles Wheelan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By scott on 02-02-18

a hard subject made very accessible!!!

an amazing easy to listen too and understand book on a very hard subject. this guy really knows the subject. loved it!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By shlubby on 23-01-18

Found it hard to listen to

I found the narrator fairly difficult to listen to. He was clear but not engaging to me so I didn't concentrate.

Content was also a little too slow and not engaging enough for me (I love these kind of books as a general rule).

I didn't feel I was getting enough out of the book so I've stopped about 30% into it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Philo on 17-05-13

Basic, but very well explained

This is a very good entry point (or refresher) for statistics. The author obviously invested time in putting together clear and simple examples. More advanced stats people might be disappointed. I like this better than another broad-audience statistics book, "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver. For me, the explanations here are clearer and the concepts flow better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ardenne on 09-05-13

Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats

What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked Statistics?

Wheelan's treatment of the Central Limit Theorem was well thought out and expertly illustrated. For most readers this will be a rehash-- but a welcome rehash as it is one of the most important concepts in all of statistics.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

The reader had a very deliberate style. You can tell he took great pains to convey and reinforce the message. Mr Davis was easily one of the best readers I've had the chance to listen to on Audible.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Statistics...made refreshing

Any additional comments?

Every manager and data analyst worth their salt should take the time to listen to this book. There is solid substance on offer here-- without the typically lengthy historical rehashes.

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