Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the DataThe bestselling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you’ll welcome and enjoy. 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 realworld 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 bestselling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few wellchosen 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 headscratching 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. 
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Review: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
User Review  Saqiful Alam  GoodreadsAlthough I am going at a snail pace, this book is definitely a very very good read. The funny tone of the writer makes the reading of this book a very light and enjoyable activity Read full review
Review: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
User Review  Mark Mitchell  GoodreadsNaked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data is an excellent overview of statistics for the nonmathematician. Charles Wheelan presents core concepts, such as normal distributions, standard ... Read full review
Contents
Who was the best baseballplayer of all time?  15 
Hes got a great personality and other true but grossly misleading statements  36 
4  43 
How does Netflix know what movies I like?  58 
5  68 
8  127 
9  136 
Why my statistics professor thought I might have cheated  143 