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# Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day

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While everyone is talking about “big data,” the truth is that understanding the “little data”—the stats that underlie newspaper headlines, stock reports, weather forecasts, and so on—is what helps you make smarter decisions at work, at home, and in every aspect of your life. The average person consumes approximately 30 gigabytes of data every single day, but has no idea ho
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April 12th 2016
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*Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day*is a clear, enjoyable guide to decoding our data-driven world. You’ll understand the difference between mean and median, causation and correlation, as well as review concepts ...more

This book is a relatively simplistic overview of many principles of statistics such as, outliers, margins of error, statistical significance, sampling, cherry picking, confirmation bias, averages, probability, forecasts, etc.

The goal of the book is to make the reader a better educated consumer of “everydata.”

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A sample of the population in question is used and inferences are made on the whole when polling the entire population in ...more

1) How media/research journals provide us (consumers) a narrow view of the data to sensationalize the news or to push their agenda

2) Using copious examples, the authors do a good job explaining statistical terms and how to interpret data when it's presented to us.

If you're fairly new (in your professional life) to handling data on a regular basis, you may find the book useful. If you've been in the corporate world for a while, you already know how the game ...more

Author spends good amount of time explaining how we mix Correlation with causation, with tons of everyday example.

Book doesn't go deep dive on data or stats for nerds so if you expect that, then it might disappointed you little. But in a way, it's a good thing that author explained things in plain English and doesn't go deep so everyone can understand. ...more

Great book, nothing that hasn't necessarily been written elsewhere but an excellent primer.
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Apr 01, 2021
Andréa
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*Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.*

**It’s not big or small data: it’s bad data**

Data is the modern cure-all. You’ve got a problem with your health, your wallet, your love life, your politicians? The solution isn’t medicine or education or counseling or voting. It’s data! Lots of little bits of numbers add up to how you should live your life. Data is a new religion. Data can reveal the truth. Data can tell us the future. Data can tell us the consequences of today’s decisions.

This, of course, is absurd. Numbers, statistics, experiments ...more

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