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Selection of the Best Statistics Books

Top Statistics books recommendations from industry practitioners. Below there is a selection of textbooks for learning modern statistics and books treating about statistics in a more general sense.

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An Introduction to Statistical Learning: with Applications in R

Goodreads Rating: 4.61/5
An Introduction to Statistical Learning provides an accessible overview of the field of statistical learning, an essential toolset for making sense of the vast and complex data sets that have emerged in fields ranging from biology to finance to marketing to astrophysics in the past twenty years. This book presents some of the most important modeling and prediction techniques, along with relevant applications. Topics include linear regression, classification, resampling methods, shrinkage approaches, tree-based methods, support vector machines, clustering, and more. Color graphics and real-world examples are used to illustrate the methods presented. Since the goal of this textbook is to facilitate the use of these statistical learning techniques by practitioners in science, industry, and other fields, each chapter contains a tutorial on implementing the analyses and methods presented in R, an extremely popular open source statistical software platform.
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Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Goodreads Rating: 3.93/5
Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy." From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.
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Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5
Scientific progress depends on good research, and good research needs good statistics. But statistical analysis is tricky to get right, even for the best and brightest of us. You'd be surprised how many scientists are doing it wrong. Statistics Done Wrong is a pithy, essential guide to statistical blunders in modern science that will show you how to keep your research blunder-free. You'll examine embarrassing errors and omissions in recent research, learn about the misconceptions and scientific politics that allow these mistakes to happen, and begin your quest to reform the way you and your peers do statistics.
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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't

Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5
Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. He solidified his standing as the nation's foremost political forecaster with his near perfect prediction of the 2012 election. Silver is the founder and editor in chief of the website FiveThirtyEight.
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Barron's AP Statistics, 8th Edition

Goodreads Rating: 3.52/5
This manual's in-depth preparation for the AP Statistics exam features the 35 absolutely best AP Statistics exam hints found anywhere.
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Head First Statistics: A Brain-Friendly Guide

Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5
Wouldn't it be great if there were a statistics book that made histograms, probability distributions, and chi square analysis more enjoyable than going to the dentist? Head First Statistics brings this typically dry subject to life, teaching you everything you want and need to know about statistics through engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking material, full of puzzles, stories, quizzes, visual aids, and real-world examples.
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OpenIntro Statistics: Third Edition (CreateSpace)

Goodreads Rating: 4.08/5
There is a NEW EDITION. The Fourth Edition was released in May 2019. Black-and-white paperback. The OpenIntro project was founded in 2009 to improve the quality and availability of education by producing exceptional books and teaching tools that are free to use and easy to modify. Our inaugural effort is OpenIntro Statistics. Probability is optional, inference is key, and we feature real data whenever possible.
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Practical Statistics for Data Scientists: 50 Essential Concepts

Goodreads Rating: 4.03/5
Statistical methods are a key part of data science, yet very few data scientists have any formal statistics training. Courses and books on basic statistics rarely cover the topic from a data science perspective. This practical guide explains how to apply various statistical methods to data science, tells you how to avoid their misuse, and gives you advice on what's important and what's not.
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Statistics for Business and Economics (12th Edition)

Goodreads Rating: 3.42/5
Statistics for Business and Economics, Twelfth Edition, meets today's business students with a balance of clarity and rigor, and applications incorporated from a diverse range of industries. This classic text covers a wide variety of data collection and analysis techniques with these goals in mind: developing statistical thinking, learning to assess the credibility and value of inferences made from data, and making informed business decisions.
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Statistics in Plain English, Third Edition

Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5
This inexpensive paperback provides a brief, simple overview of statistics to help readers gain a better understanding of how statistics work and how to interpret them correctly. Each chapter describes a different statistical technique, ranging from basic concepts like central tendency and describing distributions to more advanced concepts such as t tests, regression, repeated measures ANOVA, and factor analysis. Each chapter begins with a short description of the statistic and when it should be used. This is followed by a more in-depth explanation of how the statistic works. Finally, each chapter ends with an example of the statistic in use, and a sample of how the results of analyses using the statistic might be written up for publication. A glossary of statistical terms and symbols is also included.
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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Goodreads Rating: 3.92/5
With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.
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