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# The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You

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**How anyone can become a data ninja**

From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In

*The Model Thinker*, social scientist Scott E. Page ...more

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Hardcover, 448 pages

Published
November 27th 2018
by Basic Books

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Scott E. Page starts us off talking about WHY. This is an often overlooked piece of any business work. The why. Why do we do something? Why do we care? Why use X over Y? And so on...

In this case ...more

I would not give this book a 5 stars because I think this subject is best convey through other format like videos, lectures, or course. The topic is a bit complex especially for those who ate not comfortable with numerical reasoning. By putting it in book format it limited ...more

Oct 26, 2018
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Professor Page certainly introduces some interesting concepts in The Model Thinker. His overall aim here is to get you to use multiple models in your thinking, and the plethora of models provided will be an aid to any person out there.

That said, I found it rather difficult to get through. My attention wandered far more than I thought it would. I think that is just the nature of non-fiction sometimes. Even when interested in a subject, a book on it is not always enjoyable. Thus, my star rating ...more

That said, I found it rather difficult to get through. My attention wandered far more than I thought it would. I think that is just the nature of non-fiction sometimes. Even when interested in a subject, a book on it is not always enjoyable. Thus, my star rating ...more

In spite of that, I could see this being very useful, and it did make me want to read more on some of the topics covered here.

*"The first rule is that you’ve got to have multiple models—because if you just have one or two that you’re using, the nature of human psychology is such that you’ll torture reality so that it fits your models, or at least you’ll think it does. You become the equivalent of a chiropractor who, of course, is the great boob in medicine.*

It’s like the old saying, “To the man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”...more

It’s like the old saying, “To the man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

Apr 23, 2019
Héctor Iván Patricio Moreno
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This book is awesome. First, it heightened my appreciation for math. I've never had the opportunity to learn about models in such great detail and extensiveness. The book explains formally many models used to understand several problems and phenomenons that happen in the current world. The models help you understand in a mathematical and formal way some thoughts you may have intuitively and explain it. Other times, applying the same model to different problems makes you understand things you
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The Model Thinker reduces real-life interactions into mathematical models. If you have not had an undergraduate-level background in mathematics I'd imagine it difficult to follow along, but if you are familiar with math symbols and formula, the book is incredibly interesting and ...more

No model is bad. One model is probably good. Many models are better.

Dunia ini kian hari semakin kompleks. Dan for most of the time since cognitive revolution, hanya manusia yang bisa "mengerti" kompleksitas dunia. Manusia melakukan itu dengan membangun "model" di dalam kepalanya. Model itu mungkin cuman intuisi/feeling yang tidak ada bentuk formal matematisnya, tapi sejauh ini terbukti cukup efektif untuk mengendalikan dunia.

Sekarang, dunia yang kompleks ...more

It feels like Page ...more

Basically sums the "Model Thinking" Course by the same professor.

The style in which the book was written, makes it a perfect handbook/manual for class...

And I guess that regardless of one's background, and with enough openness, you can discern magical phenomena (obviously it's just that we ignore how stuff work), while reading this book.

Now back to the oldest idea about models as mere reductions, and are not reliable or so: Yes they are ...more

It's a very dense book with "textbook" style writing. I wish it had more narrative prose to make the reading more enjoyable. There aren't as many real world examples in the book—it's mostly math and visuals of the models themselves.

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