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Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

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Full of tools, tricks, and tips for solving problems in the real world,this book serves as an ideal training manual for those who are new to or intimidated by quantitative analysis and acts as an excellent refresher for those who have more experience but want to improve the quality of their data, the clarity of their graphics, and the cogency of their arguments. In additio ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Analytics Press (first published April 1st 2003)
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Will DeKrey
Jul 04, 2011 Will DeKrey rated it liked it
Simple, straightforward, right on. Koomey compiles a great set of principles and practices to follow in constructing and presenting research. Full of provocative quotes and entertaining graphics. NOT a joy read, but an enjoyable exploration of a topic that otherwise could have been maddingly pedantic.

As I was reading this book, I immediately noticed improvement in my day-to-day analytic performance.
Luke Lavin
Apr 15, 2014 Luke Lavin rated it liked it
There's plenty of very good advice in this book. But if you've been through some academic training, you've probably heard a fair bit of it before. That said, the book compiles this knowledge in a more organized manner than I've seen elsewhere. Further, while many have heard admonishments about how to present research, make comprehensible figures, etc., the advice is not always taken to heart.

However, two broad shortcomings.

1. The book is a bit dated on internet topics and research, which have pr
Nov 24, 2012 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: business data analysts
Koomey's book "Turning Numbers into Knowledge" is definitely far more concerned about the process of analyzing data and presenting data than it is about mastering the art of problem solving. That is, Koomey does a fine job drawing together topics on research, analyzing data, presenting data, and introductory critical thinking skills. However, those looking for heuristics to use as approaches to solving problems will not find any here (at least not in the strict sense of, say, something like thos ...more
Stuart Bobb
This works well as both a reference and a good reminder of just how low the quality is for most data that you see presented - and how you can do better. If you have ever pondered just how it is that really stupid claims like "the Internet accounted for 8% of all electricity used in the US around the year 2000" ever got off the ground, much less lived as long as it has, this book is your guide to the answer.
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Dec 14, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad guide to writing good quantitative reports, and consuming other's reports in an intelligent way.

I do wish it had more on statistics though.
Aug 23, 2009 Ruthpaget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The art of making numbers talk so that non-numeric folk can understand it is rare. This book shares some of the techniques for doing that.
Aug 13, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
never under estimate the importance of your data to ink ratio!
Daniel Murray
Nothing noteworthy.
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