Naked Statistics

  • by Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.
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Customer Reviews

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Great intro to stats

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of the best introductory statistics books I've listened to or read. It covers statistics as a general topic without getting bogged down in too much detail. Therefore, people are likely to come away with a clearer understanding of the topic overall. Many introductory texts focus on specific simple tests etc. and lose the overall concepts.

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- AdrianYork

Great intro book

If you could sum up Naked Statistics in three words, what would they be?

A well told, easy listen, intro to statistics as a whole, some of the finer (beginners') points, stories, anecdotes, references, and ethics.

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

Enjoyed hearing the statistical proof that 50% of published academic papers are trash, with a 50% chance of the published proof being trash :)

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Any additional comments?

No more sausage club buses please!

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- firemonkey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios