Statistics can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they have all the guise of a hard objective fact. They can often clinch an argument by providing evidence to substantiate a claim. And yet, we are all too aware of how they can be weaponised in order to manipulate people. And, more benignly, they can just be incredibly confusing. With all this in mind, developing our statistical literacy seems more urgent than ever.
Step forward, The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data by world-renowned statistician Sir David Spiegelhalter — Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge since October 2007. In this new work aimed at the general reader, he aims to teach you the essential principles of how to gain knowledge from data. Preferring concrete real-life examples to dense mathematical formulae, Spiegelhalter introduces the key skills of data analysis, including how to spot questionable methodologies, in an accessible and enjoyable way.
David Spiegelhalter spoke to Five Books about the best books on statistics and risk.
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