In The Art of Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need 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.
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. As data science becomes established as a discipline in the age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. This book had some interesting thoughts and did a pretty good job of explaining in non-mathematical terms how statistics work.
“David Spiegelhalter’s The Art of Statistics shines a light on how we can use the ever-growing deluge of data to improve our understanding of the world,” wrote Nature.
In this book, you’ll learn:
How statistics can be used to catch serial killers;
Whether drinking alcohol is good for your health or not; and
Which remarkable creature can respond to human emotions even after it has died?