Statistics: A Very Short Introduction

Statistics: A Very Short Introduction

Title:Statistics: A Very Short Introduction
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780199233564
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:124 pages

Statistical ideas and methods underlie just about every aspect of modern life. From randomized clinical trials in medical research, to statistical models of risk in banking and hedge fund industries, to the statistical tools used to probe vast astronomical databases, the field of statistics has become centrally important to how we understand our world. But the discipline underlying all these is not the dull statistics of the popular imagination. Long gone are the days of manual arithmetic manipulation. Nowadays statistics is a dynamic discipline, revolutionized by the computer, which uses advanced software tools to probe numerical data, seeking structures, patterns, and relationships. This Very Short Introduction sets the study of statistics in context, describing its history and giving examples of its impact, summarizes methods of gathering and evaluating data, and explains the role played by the science of chance, of probability, in statistical methods. The book also explores deep philosophical issues of induction--how we use statistics to discern the true nature of reality from the limited observations we necessarily must make.
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    Statistics: A Very Short Introduction Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Statistics : a very short introduction (Very Short Introductions #196), David J. HandModern statistics is very different from the dry and dusty discipline of the popular imagination. In its place is a...

  • Bojan Tunguz

    Statistical analysis underlies much of the modern scientific research. In fact, it is not too much of a stretch to say that many scientific fields have come of age and many other fields have become "s...

  • Kevin

    The Good:--In my mind, statistics isolated from its application in real world problems is triviality, and frankly a rather dull form of triviality. This form of statistics (and math in general) is wha...

  • Karolina

    A nice little book for those who have already done a basic statistics course, but would like to review or systematise the concepts behind the mathematical tools. I doubt that it can be of much use for...

  • Gavin

    Was looking for a qualitative introduction to convey something of the excitement and philosophical importance - the art of discovering anything which isn't bleedin' obvious! nor knowable apriori! This...

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  • Nick Sonneveld

    Good high level intro of statistical discipline in general...

  • Teo 2050

    Contents:(view spoiler)[PrefaceList of illustrations1. Surrounded by statistics– Modern statistics– Some definitions– Lies, damned lies, and setting the record straight– Data– Greater statis...

  • Ugh

    This is not a practical book, but rather a short description of statistics, from its worth to its methods. And I struggle to conceive of how it could have been better written. OK, the penultimate chap...

  • Min

    This book does what it’s supposed to: Give a gentle introduction to topics in statistics and probability theory, culminating in a high-level description of statistical methods these days more associ...