The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data - Pelican Books (Hardback)
  • The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data - Pelican Books (Hardback)

The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data - Pelican Books (Hardback)

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Published: 28/03/2019

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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 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 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241398630
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 40 mm

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. -- Tim Harford
There is something in here for everyone ... A call to arms for greater societal data literacy ... Spiegelhalter's work serves as a reminder that there are passionate, self-aware statisticians who can argue eloquently that their discipline is needed now more than ever. * Financial Times *
Shines a light on how we can use the ever-growing deluge of data to improve our understanding of the world . . . The Art of Statistics will serve students well. And it will be a boon for journalists eager to use statistics responsibly - along with anyone who wants to approach research and its reportage with healthy scepticism. * Nature *
What David Spiegelhalter does here is provide a very thorough introductory grounding in statistics without making use of mathematical formulae. And it's remarkable. Spiegelhalter is warm and encouraging - it's a genuinely enjoyable read ... This book should be required reading for all politicians, journalists, medics and anyone who tries to influence people (or is influenced) by statistics. A tour de force. * Popular Science *
The Art of Statistics is in the great educational tradition of its publishing imprint, Pelican Books: an attempt to get everyone up to speed with the practical uses of statistics, without pages of terrifying equations or Greek letters. In a series of spry, airy chapters, he succeeds fabulously ... Lucid and readable. In an age of scientific clickbait, 'big data' and personalised medicine, this is a book that nearly everyone would benefit from reading. * Spectator *
Important and comprehensive -- Hannah Fry * New Yorker *
This is an excellent book. Spiegelhalter is great at explaining difficult ideas . . . Yes, statistics can be difficult. But much less difficult if you read this book. * Evening Standard *
Like the fictional investigator Sherlock Holmes, Spiegelhalter takes readers on a trail to challenge methodology and stats thrown at us by the media and others. But where other authors have attempted this and failed, he is inventive and clever in picking the right examples that spark the reader's interest to become active on their own. * Engineering and Technology *
Do you trust headlines telling you . . . that bacon, ham and sausages carry the same cancer risk as cigarettes? No, nor do I. That is why we need a book like this that explains how such implausible nonsense arises in the first place. Written by a master of the subject . . . this book tells us to examine our assumptions. Bravo. * Standpoint *

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“Statistics without lies”

An excellent introduction to the world of statistics. Easy to read, sometimes less so to follow but well worth it

Hardback edition
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“Essential reading, especially if you are NOT a numbers person”

Data matters, we all know that now and this book explains that both technical accuracy and clear presentation are crucial if we're to understand what numbers are and are not saying. You will need to think and if... More

Paperback edition
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“Great book”

I’m a second year university student and this book has helped me appreciate statistics so much. It’s not a textbook and that’s what makes it great. It doesn’t go into the math it merely highlights and walks the reader... More

Paperback edition
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