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Professor Charles Wheelan's New Book, "Naked Statistics" is a Must-Read

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Who said that learning statistics can't be fun? Certainly not public policy and economics professor Charles Wheelan '88, who recently published a book entitled, "Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data".

Rocky caught up with Professor Wheelan to ask him why he decided to write the book. He explained, 

"I wrote the book for two reasons:

  1. Data and statistics really do matter than ever before. We now have cheap computing power and the ability to search data from anywhere, at any time. If you add those things up it creates a powerful result.
  2. I've had a lot of bad statistics courses, some even taught by famous people.  Learning about statistics doesn't have to be a complete dread. It also frustrated me that the math got in the way of intuition, which actually plays a large role in statistical analysis."

You can read the New York Times' review of Naked Statistics here.

After you're done reading Naked Statistics, check out Professor Wheelan's other book, the best-seller Naked Economics.

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