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

by
Kaiser Fung

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 Crunche ...more

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 Crunche ...more

ebook, 224 pages

Published
February 19th 2010
by McGraw-Hill Education
(first published January 25th 2010)

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And more importantly, this book could finally put the lottery debate to bed once and for all. Meaning, yes - it is silly to waste money on lotto tickets because the chances of winning or so, so slim.

I found this book to be less into the sensational aspects of using data to make decisions and more about the challenges of doing so. Also, it explored the fact that context makes a difference. Each chapter was set up to ...more

Statistics works by showing (likely) causation and correlation.

For meaningful comparisons group differences have to be accounted for. E.g. compare the performance of high-performers for different racial groups, rather than the entire lumped group (which may have different proportions).

Statistics can ...more

Each chapter takes a particular theme and looks at it from two different points of view. The author explains the problems faced and subsequent solutions while also explaining the reasons for the chosen courses of act ...more

Not only does he mathematically debunk the irrational fear of flying becaus ...more

Regarding baseball, because the USADA/WADA and MLB are so overly paranoid of the false positive drug test, Fung (author) argues that they knowingly use less stringent testing standards. This not only minimizes the number of true positives and false positives, but also increases the false negatives. In other words, mor ...more

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Looks at two examples of waiting time: Minnesota's road system and Disneyland's ride lines. How can the time of waiting be reduced? Author Fung proves that increasing road width and park size will do nothing. The solution lies in ...more

Anothe ...more

My bi ...more

Dec 29, 2015
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The key message in this book:

Statistics are based on five key principles. Statisticians search for variations from the average, uncover causation and reveal correlation, account for group differences, are realistic about the unavoidable trade-offs they face and question patterns whether they appear obvious or odd.

Statistics are based on five key principles. Statisticians search for variations from the average, uncover causation and reveal correlation, account for group differences, are realistic about the unavoidable trade-offs they face and question patterns whether they appear obvious or odd.

Jun 29, 2014
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Fascinating treatment of select events and how data analysis can reveal the true causes. Well, fascinating if you have a critical mind. You don't have to be a statistics geek to understand this book, but it will still exercise your brain and challenge some preconceptions you may have.

Unfortunately it's a li ...more

The book should have been 3/4 the size that it was. The good parts were generally pretty good though.

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