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The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

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,... read full description below.

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Published 2 April 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Spiegelhalter, David
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ISBN-13 9780241398630
ISBN-10 0241398630
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Pelican
Publication Date 2 April 2019
International Publication Date 28 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Spiegelhalter, David
Series Pelican books
Category Data Analysis: General
Social Research & Statistics
Economic Statistics
Probability & Statistics
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 40mm
Weight 558g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Statistics
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 519.5
Catalogue Code 983586

Description of this Book

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 How to Tell the Truth with 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In this wonderfully accessible introduction to modern statistics, David Spiegelhalter has created a worthy successor to classics such as Moroney's Facts from Figures. Using many real examples, he introduces the methods and underlying concepts, showing the power and elegance of statistics for gaining understanding and for informing decision-making. -- David J. Hand, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London If I had to trust just one person to interrogate statistical data, I'd trust David Spiegelhalter. He is a master of the art. Here, he shows us how it's done. The result is brilliant; nothing short of an essential guide to finding things out - delivered through a series of detective-like investigations of specific examples ranging from sexual behaviour to murder. The technical essentials are also all here: from averages to infographics, algorithms and Bayesian statistics - both their power and their limitations. All this makes The Art of Statistics a first call for all those setting out on a career or study that involves working with data. But beyond that, it's self-help for anyone with a serious desire to become a clued-up citizen in a world of numbers. If you want pat answers, or meat for your prejudices, go elsewhere. But if you want to develop the skills to see the world as it is, and to tell it how it is - honestly and seriously - this is the book. -- Michael Blastland, creator of BBC Radio 4's More or Less, and co-author of 'The Tiger That Isn't - Seeing Through a World of Numbers' David Spiegelhalter is probably the greatest living statistical communicator; more than that, he's one of the great communicators in any field. This marvellous book will transform your relationship with the numbers that swirl all around us. Read it and learn. I did. -- Tim Harford, presenter of 'More or Less' and author of 'The Undercover Economist'
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Sir David John Spiegelhalter is a British statistician and Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Spiegelhalter is one of the most cited and influential researchers in his field, and was elected as President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-18.

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