The Signal and the Noise

The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction

Non-Fiction, Education
Paperback Published on: 18/04/2013
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The Signal and the Noise
The Signal and the Noise
As a complete novice in reading this type of book, I was expecting to be slightly bogged down by facts and figures and phrases I wouldn't understand; howev... READ MORE
Ellie Strickland at Darlington Cornmill
The Signal and the Noise
The Signal and the Noise
I love that there's a graph or table on nearly every page! Hopefully that won't put anyone off, as it's a very interesting read even if statistics are not ... READ MORE
Rachel Mulvenna at Leadenhall Market
The Signal and the Noise
The Signal and the Noise
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have to admit that the chapters which dealt with financial matters did go right over my head and left me feeling a ... READ MORE
Richard Keay
The Signal and the Noise
Fascinating read
The Signal and the Noise is an excellent read and it's a difficult one to review because Nate Silver covers such a varied amount of topics I'm not sure whe... READ MORE
Richard C at Wigan


Every time we choose a route to work, decide whether to go on a second date, or set aside money for a rainy day, we are making a prediction about the future. Yet from the financial crisis to ecological disasters, we routinely fail to foresee hugely significant events, often at great cost to society. The rise of 'big data' has the potential to help us predict the future, yet much of it is misleading, useless or distracting.

In The Signal and the Noise, the New York Times political forecaster Nate Silver, who accurately predicted the results of every state in the 2012 US election, reveals how we can all develop better foresight in an uncertain world. From the stock market to the poker table, from earthquakes to the economy, he takes us on an enthralling insider's tour of the high-stakes world of forecasting, showing how we can all learn to detect the true signals amid a noise of data.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141975658
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 372g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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The Signal and the Noise
Great for a keen "layperson" or someone with a working knowkedge of stats
This book is well written and interesting. I think it's especially useful for someone with a keen layman/working knowledge of maths, or possible someone w... READ MORE
Georgina Milne