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“Thinking Statistically” by Uri Bram

by Travis Korte
"Thinking Statistically," by Uri Bram

In his book Thinking Statistically, New York-based author Uri Bram details three crucial concepts from statistics for the educated layperson: selection bias, errors that result from drawing conclusions based on non-random samples; endogeneity, errors that result from false assumptions about causality; and Bayesian reasoning, a method of iteratively refining beliefs based on additional evidence. Bram draws from everyday experience to illustrate the concepts, analyzing topics from the profusion of bad performers at amateur talent competitions to why everyone seems to know a successful college drop-out. One reviewer summed up the reading experience amusingly: “Perversely, the best compliment I can give this book is to warn prospective readers against relying on its very high reviews, because of the inherent selection bias in the sample of reviewers relative to the entire population of readers.”

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