Statistics and the Media
Written in accessible language, Statistics and the Media begins by discussing the importance of learning how research is conducted and the way research results, on any topic, are presented by the media. This understanding creates an essential context for subsequent chapters on surveys and polling, variation in measurement data, understanding probability, hypothesis testing, linear regression, and more. Students also learn how statistics can be manipulated by researchers to provide a desired result.
An ideal supplement to any primary statistics text, Statistics and the Media helps readers view statistics as a common-sense, observational, fact-based way of thinking about the world. The book can be used in any course that deals with introductory statistics, particularly those in the social sciences, business, finance, and economics.
Guy Cohen, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University
“Anthony Donoghue’s lovely book brings a fresh new perspective to standard introductory statistics curriculum. His explanations are clear and concise but the real power of the text is the connection to high-profile real-world applications. Earlier texts by Moore and by Utts have succeeded in this vein, but Donoghue has an eye for the kind of bang up-to-date story that will really engage students."
David Madigan, EVP and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Sciences (Former Chair of the Department of Statistics), Columbia University
"Statistics is the art of dealing with uncertainty. It may be taught through hard mathematical proofs, or by soft intuition. Anthony Donoghue has the rare gift of mastering both, and uses his great imagination to make them accessible to anyone. In a world in which mass media are displacing Gutenberg's galaxy, the clearness of this book reminds us that statistics have become as useful and necessary today, as reading and writing in the past."
Willibald Sonnleitner, Research Professor, El Colegio de México
“This text is a treasure trove of motivating examples for teaching statistics. The examples motivate good sampling designs and surveys, the consequences of ignoring key assumptions, and reading media reports of science with skepticism. This book is a worthy read for statistics teachers and professors who want to wow their students with important media examples.”
Clifford Spiegelman, Distinguished Professor of Statistics and University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute
“This lovely book uses vivid media examples to illustrate the fundamental ideas of statistics. The author is passionate about statistics and its connections to the real world. He carefully chooses examples from medicine, politics and other areas, and critically examines them using powerful statistical concepts. Through media examples, statistics is not only an abstract subject of purely academic interest but also a perspective for us to understand phenomena in our everyday life. This book can be a nice introductory text for students. It is also a source of examples for my own teaching.”
Peng Deng, University of California, Berkeley