Data Mining Book Review: Naked Statistics

nakedI heard about Naked Statistics, from Charles Wheelan, a few months ago. Marcel Baumgartner mentioned it on the LinkedIn group of the Swiss Statistical Society as an excellent book. So I urged to bought it…and I wasn’t disappointed. Naked Statistics is a journey in the world of statistics applied to everyday challenges.

The book is very readable and is often funny. Wheelan introduces some concepts through a new TV show: CSI Regression Analysis. Each statistical concept is presented through several examples. Topics covered range from descriptive statistics to correlation/causation and false positive vs. false negative, among others. The Monty Hall problem is also very well explained.

The book goes on with more advanced topics such as randomized experiments. The author explains several challenges related to such methods and how to surpass them. Wheelan also discusses hypothesis tests and issues related to confidence level and p-value. The book is an homage to How to Lie with Statistics and it is complementary to it. Naked Statistics is a delicious surprise that will delight anybody interested in statistics and analytics.

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data


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  1. Thanks for your interesting work, Sandro. Congratulations.

    I’ve seen that in the last few book reviews, all the links to Amazon, point at the same book: Statistics: A Very Short Introduction.

    I don’t know if it is my problem or it’s due to some copy-and-paste issue in your webpage.



  2. @Jordi: thanks for pointing out this issue. It is due to Amazon, but I will try to correct it. It’s not a copy/paste issue since I start by post from scratch.

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