Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan
Stripping the Dread from the Data

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9 Critic Reviews

The presentation is easy to read and understand for a wide constituency of readers in academe, the professions and the general public.
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Synopsis

“Brilliant, funny . . . the best math teacher you never had.”—San Francisco Chronicle


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.


And in Wheelan’s trademark style, there’s not a dull page in sight. 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 bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.

 

About Charles Wheelan

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Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and Naked Statistics and a former correspondent for The Economist, and founder of The Centrist Party (www.thecentristmovement.org). He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.
 
Published January 7, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Naked Statistics
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Oct 04 2012

A delightful, informative guide to an often-intimidating subject.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Abigail Zuger on Jan 28 2013

Mr. Wheelan deftly whisks you through mean distributions and standard errors...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 08 2012

Wheelan’s relatively mathless real world examples...and wry style—heavily seasoned with pop culture references—make for a fun and illuminating read.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Dr Joseph Maresca on Feb 11 2013

The presentation is easy to read and understand for a wide constituency of readers in academe, the professions and the general public.

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The Economist

Good
on Mar 23 2013

“Naked Statistics” is a revealing look at statistics’ bare essentials.

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Science News

Below average
Reviewed by Tom Siegfried on Jan 10 2013

...throughout most of the book he presents standard statistics as the way to get right answers. In many cases, however, statistics stripped of its mysteries turns out to be an emperor with no clothes.

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Time Out Chicago

Above average
Reviewed by Steve Newman on Feb 14 2013

It’s hard to say whether this book will cause anyone uncomfortable with tricky math to do a 180.

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Times Higher Education

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Field on Feb 07 2013

His methods may not be to everyone's taste, but if you embrace rather than resist (my initial urge), then you will be enlightened and entertained in equal measure...

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Mother Jones

Good
Reviewed by Dave Gilson on Jan 12 2013

With a dollop of corny jokes and just a dash of math, Charles Wheelan...offers a conversational introduction to the concepts you need to understand...

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