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An edition of Data Detective (2021)

Data Detective

Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

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Today we think statistics are the enemy, numbers used to mislead and confuse us. That's a mistake, Tim Harford says in The Data Detective. We shouldn't be suspicious of statistics-we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often "the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us." If we can toss aside our fears and learn to approach them clearly-understanding how our own preconceptions lead us astray-statistics can point to ways we can live better and work smarter. As "perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world" (New Statesman), Tim Harford is an expert at taking complicated ideas and untangling them for millions of readers. In The Data Detective, he uses new research in science and psychology to set out ten strategies for using statistics to erase our biases and replace them with new ideas that use virtues like patience, curiosity, and good sense to better understand ourselves and the world. As a result, The Data Detective is a big-idea book about statistics and human behavior that is fresh, unexpected, and insightful.

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The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics
Feb 01, 2022, Riverhead Books
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Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics
2021, Penguin Publishing Group
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New York, USA

First Sentence

"You know the old story about storks delivering babies?"

Table of Contents

Introduction. How to Lie with Statistics Page 1
Rule One. Search Your Feelings Page 19
Rule Two. Ponder Your Personal Experience Page 47
Rule Three. Avoid Premature Enumeration Page 65
Rule Four. Step Back and Enjoy the View Page 87
Rule Five. Get the Backstory Page 105
Rule Six. Ask Who is Missing Page 135
Rule Seven. Demand Transparency When the Computer Says No Page 153
Rule Eight. Don't Take Statistical Bedrock for Granted Page 185
Rule Nine. Remember That Misinformation can be Beautiful, Too Page 213
Rule Ten. Keep an Open Mind Page 239
The Golden Rule. Be Curious Page 265
Acknowledgments Page 281
Notes Page 285
Credits Page 307
Index Page 309

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Copyright Date
2020

Classifications

Library of Congress
HA29.H2498 2021, HA29 .H2498 2021eb

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hardcover
Pagination
323p
Number of pages
304
Weight
572 grams

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Open Library
OL29943222M
ISBN 13
9780593084595
OCLC/WorldCat
1159786335

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