Statistics has been leading our scientific understanding of the world for centuries. Yet, we are all familiar with how 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 is more important than ever. This book introduces users to statistics based on concrete examples drawn from everyday life and objective research.
David Spiegelhalter explains why we need to understand statistics well – what it tells us. He covers probability, random variables and distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing – introducing concepts as they arise through practical examples and sample data. The author also explains how these ideas apply in specific contexts for psychologists, doctors, and practitioners in healthcare, economists monitoring financial markets, or mathematicians investigating natural patterns.
Statistical literacy is more important than ever due to the prevalence of data in our lives. In this book, Professor David Spiegelhalter introduces the everyday use of statistics and demystifies complex concepts with vivid anecdotes and hands-on case studies. It’s written for anyone who wants to understand how numbers can be used to make sense of what we see around us.
Today, statistics is more widely used and more widely misunderstood than ever. This book explains how to understand the everyday uses of statistics – what are they measuring, what might surprise you, and how reliable are they? Is the claim statistically significant? Did the authors carry out sufficient checking? It covers simple statistical tests, multiple linear regression and logistic regression. It explains the basics of power analysis and other checks on validity like confounding bias, publication bias and reporting bias.
About The Art of Statistics Book
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 How to Tell the Truth with 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 that can only be addressed using statistical science.