A field guide to lies and statistics : a neuroscientist on how to make sense of a complex world / by Daniel J. Levitin
By: Levitin, Daniel, J.Publisher: London, U.K. : Viking, 2016Description: xi, 292 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780241240007.Subject(s): Statistics | Psychology | Behaviour
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EVALUATING NUMBERS: Plausibility -- Fun with averages -- Axis shenanigans -- Hijinks with how numbers are reported -- How numbers are collected -- Probabilities. EVALUATING WORDS: How do we know? -- Identifying expertise -- Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations -- Counterknowledge. EVALUATING THE WORLD: How science works -- Logical fallacies -- Knowing what you don't know -- Bayesian thinking in science and court -- Four case studies. APPENDIX: Application of Bayee's rule.
Advises that despite the vast amounts of statistics available on how people live and what they think, many contain misinformation, pseudo facts and outright lies. Offers a guide to understand statistics to made quicker, better-informed decisions to simplify your life.