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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 additi ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Analytics Press (first published April 1st 2003)
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Nate
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Will DeKrey
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.
Stuart Bobb
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Jeannie Hardeman
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Luke Lavin
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
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John
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Ruthpaget
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Kevin
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it
never under estimate the importance of your data to ink ratio!
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