A superb, timely overview of the benefits and limitations of statistics in the era of big data and machine learning
David Spiegelhalter has gained a deserved reputation as a masterful communicator of statistics and risk through his media work and writings. I believe this timely book is the best introduction to the benefits and limitations of statistics that I have seen and is David’s most important work yet in public communication. Any of the minor concerns explained in the review that I have about the book (including the understated role of causal models and the role of the likelihood ratio in courts) are the inevitable result of having to be selective about which more detailed material has to be left out to satisfy both the page and audience constraints.
In summary, this book is a must have for a) anybody who wants to better understand statistics and risk; b) anybody involved in the communication of statistics and risk; and c) anybody undertaking a course in data science and machine learning.
Here is the link to the full review:
Book Review: David Spiegelhalter’s “The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data” Pelican Books, 2019
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