Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do: The Hidden Influence Of Probabilities And Statisti

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Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do: The Hidden Influence Of Probabilities And Statisti

by Kaiser Fung

McGraw-Hill Education | February 15, 2010 | Hardcover |

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS YOU''LL WIN THE LOTTERY?

How long will your kids wait in line at Disney World?

Who decides that "standardized tests" are fair?

Why do highway engineers build slow-moving ramps?

What does it mean, statistically, to be an "Average Joe"?

NUMBERS RULE YOUR WORLD
In the popular tradition of eye-opening bestsellers like Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Super Crunchers, this fascinating book from renowned statistician and blogger Kaiser Fung takes you inside the hidden world of facts and figures that affect you every day, in every way.

These are the statistics that rule your life, your job, your commute, your vacation, your food, your health, your money, and your success. This is how engineers calculate your quality of living, how corporations determine your needs, and how politicians estimate your opinions. These are the numbers you never think about-even though they play a crucial role in every single aspect of your life.

What you learn may surprise you, amuse you, or even enrage you. But there''s one thing you won''t be able to deny: Numbers Rule Your World…

"An easy read with a big benefit."
-Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"For those who have anxiety about how organization data-mining is impacting their world, Kaiser Fung pulls back the curtain to reveal the good and the bad of predictive analytics."
-Ian Ayres,Yale professor and author of Super Crunchers: Why Thinking By Numbers is the New Way to Be Smart

"A book that engages us with stories that a journalist would write, the compelling stories behind the stories as illuminated by the numbers, and the dynamics that the numbers reveal."
-John Sall, Executive Vice President, SAS Institute

"Little did I suspect, when I picked up Kaiser Fung''s book, that I would become so entranced by it - an illuminating and accessible exploration of the power of statistical analysis for those of us who have no prior training in a field that he explores so ably."
-Peter Clarke, author of Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century''s Most Influential Economist

"A tremendous book. . . . If you want to understand how to use statistics, how to think with numbers and yet to do this without getting lost in equations, if you''ve been looking for the book to unlock the door to logical thinking about problems, well, you will be pleased to know that you are holding that book in your hands."
-Daniel Finkelstein, Executive Editor, The Times of London

"I thoroughly enjoyed this accessible book and enthusiastically recommend it to anyone looking to understand and appreciate the role of statistics and data analysis in solving problems and in creating a better world."
-Michael Sherman, Texas A&M University, American Statistician

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: February 15, 2010

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0071626530

ISBN - 13: 9780071626538

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Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do: The Hidden Influence Of Probabilities And Statisti

by Kaiser Fung

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: February 15, 2010

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0071626530

ISBN - 13: 9780071626538

About the Book

An infinitely entertaining look at everyday statistics that help readers beat the odds-- at work, play, and life!
What are the chances that you'll strike it rich? That you'll get to work on time? That your kids will get to ride Space Mountain in under 90 minutes? Whether you're good at math or not, numbers play a huge role in life. This endlessly fascinating book by renowned statistician Kaiser Fung reveals the everyday applications of statistics in action, from stock charts and test scores, to theme parks and traffic jams. You'll discover what it means to be an "average Joe," how Disney calculates waiting times, and why highway engineers build ramps. You'll also learn behind-the-scenes, time-saving business tips, calculated stock risks, and odds-on lottery strategies. It's one wild ride on the number-crunching rollercoaster that adds up to one terrific read.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS YOU''LL WIN THE LOTTERY?

How long will your kids wait in line at Disney World?

Who decides that "standardized tests" are fair?

Why do highway engineers build slow-moving ramps?

What does it mean, statistically, to be an "Average Joe"?

NUMBERS RULE YOUR WORLD
In the popular tradition of eye-opening bestsellers like Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Super Crunchers, this fascinating book from renowned statistician and blogger Kaiser Fung takes you inside the hidden world of facts and figures that affect you every day, in every way.

These are the statistics that rule your life, your job, your commute, your vacation, your food, your health, your money, and your success. This is how engineers calculate your quality of living, how corporations determine your needs, and how politicians estimate your opinions. These are the numbers you never think about-even though they play a crucial role in every single aspect of your life.

What you learn may surprise you, amuse you, or even enrage you. But there''s one thing you won''t be able to deny: Numbers Rule Your World…

"An easy read with a big benefit."
-Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"For those who have anxiety about how organization data-mining is impacting their world, Kaiser Fung pulls back the curtain to reveal the good and the bad of predictive analytics."
-Ian Ayres,Yale professor and author of Super Crunchers: Why Thinking By Numbers is the New Way to Be Smart

"A book that engages us with stories that a journalist would write, the compelling stories behind the stories as illuminated by the numbers, and the dynamics that the numbers reveal."
-John Sall, Executive Vice President, SAS Institute

"Little did I suspect, when I picked up Kaiser Fung''s book, that I would become so entranced by it - an illuminating and accessible exploration of the power of statistical analysis for those of us who have no prior training in a field that he explores so ably."
-Peter Clarke, author of Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century''s Most Influential Economist

"A tremendous book. . . . If you want to understand how to use statistics, how to think with numbers and yet to do this without getting lost in equations, if you''ve been looking for the book to unlock the door to logical thinking about problems, well, you will be pleased to know that you are holding that book in your hands."
-Daniel Finkelstein, Executive Editor, The Times of London

"I thoroughly enjoyed this accessible book and enthusiastically recommend it to anyone looking to understand and appreciate the role of statistics and data analysis in solving problems and in creating a better world."
-Michael Sherman, Texas A&M University, American Statistician

About the Author

Kaiser Fung is a statistician with more than a decade of experience in applying statistical methods to unlocking the relationship between advertising and customer behaviors. His blog, "Junk Charts," pioneered the genre of critically examining data and graphics in the mass media. Since 2005, "Junk Charts" has received rave reviews from Science magazine, the Guardian, Yahoo!, and Stanford University Libraries. He is an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches practical statistics to professionals, and holds statistics, business, and engineering degrees from Cambridge, Harvard, and Princeton Universities. Fung is also a fellow of the Royal Statistics Society.

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