The Art of Statistics

The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

Non-Fiction, Education
Paperback Published on: 13/02/2020
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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: 9780241258767
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 25 mm

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The Art of Statistics
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 numbe... READ MORE
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The Art of Statistics
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 does... READ MORE
Thomas Gannon
The Art of Statistics
Cautionary tales and insight
Statistics are quoted at us all the tirme - to help persuade us to purchase products and services, to inform us of what is really going on and to justify g... READ MORE
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