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  1. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    03 Oct '12 15:39
    If you love the science of predictions and the effect and meaning of numbers but don't have much of a math background, the great Nate Silver has just come out with the perfect book.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Signal-Noise-Predictions-Fail-but/dp/159420411X

    I'm reading it as slowly as I can because I want to prolong the enjoyment, but already (about 1/3 of the way through) I can see on every page another point about predictions and statistics that could be applied to debates here on a daily basis.

    I think that most regular contributors here would enjoy the book.

    Debate.
  2. 03 Oct '12 15:41
    Unlike 99% of people I do have a background in maths. I predict that only 3.5% of the people who read this thread will also read the book.
  3. 03 Oct '12 16:41
    Originally posted by sh76
    If you love the science of predictions and the effect and meaning of numbers but don't have much of a math background, the great Nate Silver has just come out with the perfect book.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Signal-Noise-Predictions-Fail-but/dp/159420411X

    I'm reading it as slowly as I can because I want to prolong the enjoyment, but already (about 1/3 of ...[text shortened]... a daily basis.

    I think that most regular contributors here would enjoy the book.

    Debate.
    You might also like Nicholas Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan and Fooled By Randomness.
  4. 03 Oct '12 18:45
    Originally posted by vistesd
    You might also like Nicholas Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan and Fooled By Randomness.
    Read the Black Swan and I'd have to give it a mixed review. The ideas put forward in it are very interesting, but I disliked the writing. It got a bit repetitious at times and the author's high opinion of himself is evident on every page.
  5. 04 Oct '12 00:27
    Originally posted by sh76
    If you love the science of predictions and the effect and meaning of numbers but don't have much of a math background, the great Nate Silver has just come out with the perfect book.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Signal-Noise-Predictions-Fail-but/dp/159420411X

    I'm reading it as slowly as I can because I want to prolong the enjoyment, but already (about 1/3 of ...[text shortened]... a daily basis.

    I think that most regular contributors here would enjoy the book.

    Debate.
    Thanks for the link and the book suggestion. I wish I did more leisure reading.