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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 sensationalized, particularly in the media In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline, a basic grasp of statistical literacy isimportant than ever In The Art of 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.

5 thoughts on “The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

  1. Jackie T Jackie T says:

    This book could be considered just a new statistics text, aiming to increase the statistical literacy of the general public and taught with interesting, real life, often high profile examples to be engaging and accessible It succeeds on that level but the book is much The Art of Statistics is the compilation and distillation of David Spiegelhalter s 40 years of professional experience and wisdom, mostly in medical statistics, for which he was knighted in 2014 Dr Spiegelhalter sincerely cares about conveying the information clearly and understandably In particular, he explains the topics of Risk and Uncertainty so that we can differentiate between the risks that should be of concern and those that are unfounded fears Speigelhalter is the chairman of the Winton Center for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University, which has as its motto To inform, not persuade those four words perfect sum up this highly recommended book.

  2. giovanni giovanni says:

    It took a while to arrive, but I had been told that from the day I ordered it I normally stay away from technical books without math, but I like the way this is written A great book

  3. Khalid Ikram Khalid Ikram says:

    Very clearly written by an authoritative author If there is a page turner in books about statistics, this would rank very high in the list.

  4. Göran Hagman Göran Hagman says:

    Ond of the best and informative texts on statistics in layman s terms that I have come across recently thanks

  5. George Poirier George Poirier says:

    The author, a veteran statistician, has done a superb job in conveying, through this book, the concepts and subtleties of statistics and statistical reasoning In a prose that is clear, friendly, authoritative and accessible, he guides the reader through the techniques of statistical analysis, including the various pitfalls and misuses that can easily plague many A glossary at the end of the book contains many definitions of several of the terms used in the book as well as mathematical formulas of certain quantities, for those interested.This book could be of immense value as a reference text for a formal university statistics course But it can also be enjoyed by interested mathematics statistics enthusiasts who are looking for friendly, non mathematical explanations for what are often very counterintuitive concepts.