Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage

By Kaiser Fung

How to make basic feel of complicated statistics--from the writer of Numbers Rule Your World

We reside in an international of huge Data--and it is getting higher on a daily basis. almost each selection we make hinges on how somebody generates info . . . and the way another person translates it--whether we understand it or not.

Where do you ship your baby for the easiest schooling? vast information. Which airline if you happen to decide to be certain a well timed arrival? sizeable facts. Who will you vote for within the subsequent election? huge Data.

The challenge is, the extra info now we have, the more challenging it really is to interpret it. From international leaders to usual voters, everyone seems to be vulnerable to making severe judgements in keeping with bad facts interpretations.

In Numbersense, professional statistician Kaiser Fung explains for those who may still settle for the conclusions of the massive facts "experts"--and for those who should still say, "Wait . . . what?" He delves deeply right into a wide variety of subject matters, supplying the solutions to special questions, equivalent to:

  • How does the school score approach quite paintings?
  • Can an weight problems degree clear up America's largest healthcare drawback?
  • Should you belief present unemployment information issued by means of the govt?
  • How do you enhance your fable activities crew?
  • Should you are worried approximately companies that tune your data?

Don't take without any consideration statements made within the media, by means of our leaders, or perhaps via your ally. we are on info overload this day, and there is a lot of undesirable details out there.

Numbersense offers the perception into how titanic information interpretation works--and the way it too usually does not paintings. you will not come away with the abilities of a pro statistician. yet you have got a prepared knowing of the information traps even the easiest statisticians can fall into, and you may belief the psychological alarm that is going off on your head while whatever simply does not appear to upload up.

Praise for Numbersense

"Numbersense thoroughly places the emphasis now not at the measurement of huge information, yet at the research of it. plenty of enjoyable tales, lots of classes learned―in brief, a good way to obtain your individual feel of numbers!"
Thomas H. Davenport, coauthor of Competing on Analytics and President’s exotic Professor of IT and administration, Babson College

"Kaiser’s obtainable company ebook will blow your brain like no different. You’ll be smarter, and also you won’t even understand it. purchase. It. Now."
Avinash Kaushik, electronic advertising Evangelist, Google, and writer, Web Analytics 2.0

"Each tale in Numbersense is going deep into what you might want to take into consideration prior to you belief the numbers. Kaiser Fung ably demonstrates that it takes ability and resourcefulness to make the numbers confess their meaning."
John Sall, government vp, SAS Institute

"Kaiser Fung breaks the undesirable news―a ton extra info is not any panacea―but then has acquired your again, revealing the pitfalls of research with stimulating tales from front strains of commercial, politics, future health care, executive, and schooling. The therapy isn’t a complicated measure, neither is it good judgment. you would like Numbersense."
Eric Siegel, founder, Predictive Analytics global, and writer, Predictive Analytics

"I laughed my approach via this superb-useful-fun booklet and discovered and relearned much. hugely recommended!"
Tom Peters, writer of In seek of Excellence

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