Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

By Tim Harford

"First published in Great Britain as How to make the world add up: ten rules for thinking differently about numbers by The Bridge Street Press, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, a division of Hachette UK Limited, London, 2020"--Copyright page.


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Book Information

Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 336
ISBN-13: 9780593084595
ISBN-10: 0593084594
Language: English

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February 05, 2021

There is a lot of disinformation out there, but there is also a lot of good information provided by hard-working individuals dedicated to providing good numbers for us to base big decisions on. Tim Harford helps us identify the difference. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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From "one of the great (greatest?) contemporary popular writers on economics" (Tyler Cowen) comes a smart, lively, and encouraging rethinking of how to use statistics. Today we think statistics are the enemy, numbers used to mislead and confuse us. That's a mistake, Tim Harford says in The Data Detective. We shouldn't be suspicious of statistics--we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often "the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us." If we can toss aside our fears and learn to approach them clearly--understanding how our own preconceptions lead us astray--statistics can point to ways we can live better and work smarter. As "perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world" (New Statesman), Tim Harford is an expert at taking complicated ideas and untangling them for millions of readers. In The Data Detective, he uses new research in science and psychology to set out ten strategies for using statistics to erase our biases and replace them with new ideas that use virtues like patience, curiosity, and good sense to better understand ourselves and the world. As a result, The Data Detective is a big-idea book about statistics and human behavior that is fresh, unexpected, and insightful.

About the Author

Tim Harford is an award-winning columnist, broadcaster, and economist. He is the author of Messy , Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy , and the million-selling The Undercover Economist , and is the host of the Cautionary Tales podcast.

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