January 19, 2011

Some great statistics reads...

If you are into analytics or even basic statistics Andrew Gelman is a guy you should be aware of.  He has some similarities to Steven Levitt of Freakenomics fame (both award winning professors under the age of 40) but Gelman is more focused on stats than the self professed math-novice Levitt. Gelman is also a social scientist while Levitt is proudly homo-economicus. They both love to ask and answer questions using data.

Gelman has also produced what is in my mind the best definition of what statistics is: "the study of uncertainty and variation".

Here is a link to Gelman's stats reading list--a pretty broad selection and titles any quant-head should have on their shelves.

As a personal note I would add "Against the Gods - the remarkable story of risk" to this list as the DonorCast selection.

Andrew Gelman on Statistics
Award-winning statistician and political scientist Andrew Gelman says that uncertainty is an important part of life, and recognition of that uncertainty is itself an important step. This is where statistics can help us

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Blogger Minnesota Friend said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate your recommendations for good reading.

January 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM  

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