Turning Numbers Into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

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Analytics Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
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Full of tools, tricks, and tips for solving problems in the real world, this book serves as an ideal training manual for those who are new to or intimidated by quantitative analysis and acts as an excellent refresher for those who have more experience but want to improve the quality of their data, the clarity of their graphics, and the cogency of their arguments. In addition to containing numerous updates to the contents—references, URLs, and reading lists—this second edition includes a new foreword, revised chapters, and an epilogue. Mastering the art of problem solving takes more than proficiency with basic calculations; it requires understanding how people use information, recognizing the importance of ideology, learning the art of storytelling, and acknowledging the important distinction between facts and values. Intended for executives, professors, and students, this guide addresses these and other essential skills.
  

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User Review  - Nate - Goodreads

Koomey's book "Turning Numbers into Knowledge" is definitely far more concerned about the process of analyzing data and presenting data than it is about mastering the art of problem solving. That is ... Read full review

Review: Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Not a bad guide to writing good quantitative reports, and consuming other's reports in an intelligent way. I do wish it had more on statistics though. Read full review

Contents

Beginners mind
5
Dont be intimidated
7
Information intention and action
9
Peer review and scientific discovery
22
Be prepared
29
Explore your ideology
31
Get organized
34
Establish a filing system
38
Be a detective
102
Create consistent comparisons
105
Tell a good story
107
Dig into the numbers
111
Make a model
125
Reuse old envelopes
129
Use forecasts with care
136
Hear all sides
143

Build a toolbox
41
Put facts at your fingertips
44
Value your time
52
Assess their analysis
57
The power of critical thinking
59
Numbers arent everything
62
All numbers are not created equal
65
Question authority
68
How guesses become facts
73
Dont believe everything you read
76
Go back to the questions
81
Reading tables and graphs
84
Distinguish facts from values
87
The uncertainty principle and the mass media
90
Create your analysis
93
Reflect
95
Get unstuck
97
Inquire
99
Show your stuff
145
Know your audience
147
Document document document
149
Let the tables and graphs do the work
161
Create compelling graphs and figures
166
Create good tables
177
Use numbers effectively in oral presentations
186
Use the Internet
189
Share and share alike
201
Creating the future
209
Some parting thoughts
213
Further reading
223
Notes
241
Index
245
Back jacket flap
249
Back cover
250
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Jonathan G. Koomey, PhD, is a project scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a consulting professor at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of seven books, including Winning the Oil Endgame, and has been featured in Barron's, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on Nova, Frontline, NPR, BBC radio, CNBC, the California Report, and Tech Nation. He lives in Oakland, California. John P. Holdren is the director of the Woods Hole Research Center, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, a professor of environmental science and policy at Harvard University, and a professor emeritus of energy and resources at the University of California?Berkeley. He is also the former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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