This Second Edition of The Tao of Statistics: A Path to Understanding (With No Math) provides a reader-friendly approach to statistics in plain English. Unlike other statistics books, this text explains what statistics mean and how they are used, rather than how to calculate them. The book walks readers through basic concepts as well as some of the most complex statistical models in use. The Second Edition adds coverage of big data to better address its impact on p-values and other key concepts; material on small data to show readers how to handle data with fewer data points than optimal; and other new topics like missing data and effect sizes. The book’s two characters (a high school principal and a director of public health) return in the revised edition, with their examples expanded and updated with reference to contemporary concerns in the fields of education and health.


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  • Long reflect
  • On a hurtful act
  • Where little is gained
  • And you cannot take it back

As we emerge from the world of statistics, we see that order is brought to chaos at a cost. That cost is certainty. Incredibly, the benefit from the seeming loss is enormous. Without needing to know how to do statistics, we are now more aware of why and how they can be wrong, as we suspected they might sometimes be. As important, we are also aware of why and how statistics are more often correct. To transform this new awareness into an intuitive understanding of patterns and trends requires study, practice, and reflective thought.

Once we internalize the uncertainty, we see reports with divisive conclusions written in absolutist terms as somehow ...

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