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  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481173502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481173506
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uri Bram writes accessible non-fiction with a conceptual approach to mathematical, scientific and analytical thinking.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 3 Jan. 2013
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My wife shouts from the living room - "what are you laughing at?"
"This book I've just got off Amazon"
"What's it about?"
"Statistics!"
"Are you sure?"

Basically this is the first book on stats that's made me laugh (or at least snort a few times). Of course it's not a deep scientific textbook (being only 54 pages long) - this is more in the mould of "How to Lie with Statistics". Uri Bram uses humour and a great conversational style to get across useful and important concepts in a memorable way. And I stress the "memorable" bit because I now see the need to be on guard from lazy thinking or unintentional abuse of statistics in our normal day-day lives. A super little tome!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on 30 Jun. 2012
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In my estimation any book which can make statistics entertaining deserves my vote. But this one goes further. In a very short read Uri manages to explain some very important real life issues in terms of easily accessible statistical concepts. Understanding how much damage can be done by lazy statistics really opens your eyes. Everyone who feels a desire to pontificate should buy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan Jacoby on 3 Nov. 2011
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Uri Bram's first book - Thinking Statistically is a happy 2 hour read with just a nod to the dreaded equation but a big effort to entertain and make the activity of thinking sensibly, humourous and even funny. Uri uses examples to illustrate his 3 main points and tries to guide you through assessing liklihood and dare I say truth from the mis-use of statistics and the tragedy it can bring in the wrong hands. That said - is it sexy ? Probably just "cool". Dan Jacoby
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Tomko on 1 Jan. 2013
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This is one of the best introductions to Bayesian statistics that I've come across. It is a short book but covers some of the most common mistakes people make in statistics using simple, easy to understand examples. I would highly recommend this book to anybody interested in learning about Bayes law.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Euclid on 3 April 2013
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I purchased this book as I wanted to refresh my understanding of the basics of statistics. I found the book delivered this and a bit more. It is accessible and charming (with plenty of examples and layman terms). It will help those who are interested in understanding the core elements to statistics and help you identify the simple questions you need to ask when thinking about basic stats. I would recommend to anyone who wants a basic introduction to the world of statistics and to those wanting to have a quick refresh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JP on 8 July 2013
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This is a short (about 2 hours) but very entertaining book on some of the key aspects of practical statistics, containing the best explanation of Bayesian statistics that I have yet seen. Well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bxbspringboard on 29 July 2013
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A short introduction to some key issues in statistics written accessibly for the general reader. Enjoyable and informative but the briefness leaves one feeling a little short changed.
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With quite a few examples and simple explanations he explains fundamental concepts that should be part of everyone's common sense. The examples come from statistics, but they are more like a way of thinking more better, more critically, than doing statistics.

Answer these 3 questions to see if you should read the book:
As a boss if you mostly hear positive feedback from your employees, does that mean that your employees are generally satisfied with you?
Is it a good indicator of the overall low prices of an insurance company that people who switched to it saved £X?
A test for a rare disease detects the disease 99% of the time, and it correctly identifies the lack of it 99% of the time. If you test positive, does that mean you almost certainly have the disease? (like 99%)

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you must read this, if you can rigorously explain why the answer is no, then you probably don't.

(Unfortunately), he wanted to be a bit non-controversial, so he used a bit mundane examples rather than the ones we encounter in advertisement all the time. However he made up for that in the book recommendations.
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