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ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society

There is a growing recognition of the importance of statistical reasoning across many different aspects of everyday life. This is the case now more than ever, in our data-rich world, where the volume, availability, and types of data have increased significantly. It is crucially important that statistical reasoning is introduced to students early in their education, giving them key skills for nearly any career path they choose. Professionals in every field encounter data throughout their working lives, and the ability to reason statistically will enable them to make better evidence-based decisions. For members of the general public, learning how to reason statistically enables them to better understand risk, make decisions in the face of uncertainty, and become more informed citizens.

This exciting book series features:

• A forum highlighting the important role of statistical and probabilistic reasoning in many areas.
• Concepts presented while assuming minimal background in Mathematics and Statistics.
• A broad audience including professionals across many fields, the general public and courses in high schools and colleges.
• Topics include Statistics in wide-ranging aspects of professional and everyday life, including the media, science, health, society, politics, law, education, sports, finance, climate, and national security.
• Short and inexpensive books of 100-150 pages that can be written and read in a reasonable amount of time.

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Measuring Society

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Chaitra H. Nagaraja
July 02, 2019

Collecting and analyzing data on unemployment, inflation, poverty and inequality help us describe the complex world in which we live. When published by the government, they are called official statistics. They are reported by the media, used by politicians to lend weight to their arguments and by...

Measuring Crime: Behind the Statistics

1st Edition

Sharon L. Lohr
March 29, 2019

Crime statistics are everywhere, but how do you know when they’re valid? If a newspaper report says "the rate of overall violent crime decreased by 0.9 percent," how can you tell where that statistic came from, what it measures, and how accurate it is? Is it worth repeating or sharing? Measuring...

Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions

1st Edition

Tahir Ekin
February 13, 2019

Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions helps the public to become more informed citizens through discussions of real world health care examples and fraud assessment applications. The author presents statistical and analytical methods used in health care fraud audits without...

Improving Your NCAA® Bracket with Statistics

1st Edition

December 20, 2018

Twenty-four million people wager nearly \$3 billion on college basketball pools each year, but few are aware that winning strategies have been developed by researchers at Harvard, Yale, and other universities over the past two decades. Bad advice from media sources and even our own psychological...

Data Visualization: Charts, Maps, and Interactive Graphics

1st Edition

Robert Grant
December 04, 2018

This is the age of data. There are more innovations and more opportunities for interesting work with data than ever before, but there is also an overwhelming amount of quantitative information being published every day. Data visualisation has become big business, because communication is the...

Visualizing Baseball

1st Edition

Jim Albert
August 17, 2017

Visualizing Baseball provides a visual exploration of the game of baseball. Graphical displays are used to show how measures of performance, at the team level and the individual level, have changed over the history of baseball. Graphs of career trajectories are helpful for understanding the...

Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference

1st Edition

David S. Salsburg
April 19, 2017

We live in a world that is not quite "right." The central tenet of statistical inquiry is that Observation = Truth + Error because even the most careful of scientific investigations have always been bedeviled by uncertainty. Our attempts to measure things are plagued with small errors. Our attempts...