Figuring Figures: An Introduction to Data Analysis

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Current books on statistics and data analysis assume a certain level of knowledge on the part of the student. Figuring Figures avoids the shortcomings of introductory data analysis books by focusing on the communication of data, as understanding the data presented by others is just as important as being able to communicate one's own data. The emphasis is on practical data analysis rather than strict accuracy and precision, and little recourse is made to statistical theory. There are next to no equations. The book's sole aim is to make the analysis of quantitative data a simple and enjoyable task. 

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Figuring Figures avoids the shortcomings of introductory data analysis books by focusing on the communication of data. Almost all numeric data is communicated via tables or graphs. Understanding the data presented by others in newspapers, reports or course texts is just as important as being able to communicate one's own primary data. Figuring Figures shows the reader how to both analyse and display data in tabular or graphic formats. The emphasis is on practical data analysis rather than strict accuracy or precision, and little recourse is made to statistical theory. There are next to no equations.
Instead, by focusing on tables the understanding and analysis of quantitative data is made extremely simple, and the simplified approach enables data to be analysed using calculators, or standard microcomputer software which many readers will be familiar with. The book uses colloquial language rather than the formal, exact language of statistics books, and demystifies the entire process of analysing data. Furthermore, because of the simplified approach of the book, extensive worked examples can be given, from survey analysis, politics and current affairs to marketing and management. Readers should find the examples both interesting and useful, and will be able to visualise how the techniques will be used in their own field.

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