A Review of “Think Stats” by Allen B. Downey; O’Reilly Media
If your grasp of Programming exceeds your understanding of Basic Statistics, Think Stats IS for you.
As a University Statistics professor, I am constantly looking for reading materials that I can use to integrate Practical Statistics with programming. I am generally faced with the problem of having to mine Programming texts for Stats lessons, all too often I am faced with books that attempt to teach a programming language with examples from Freshman Statistics as an afterthought. (Too much of one, not enough of the other)
Think Stats comes at the problem from the other side. Given that you already have a healthy grasp on programming and are trying to learn Statistics, each topic is presented with helpful, real-world data examples, and a step-by-step explanation of how to code the solutions. That makes this book excellent supplementary material for a Statistics class, or at the very least, a wonderful refresher for those returning to Statistics, with programming in mind.
Caution: This book is NOT for you if you do NOT have a basic understanding of Programming. This book will NOT teach you to program using statistics. It is meant to teach you statistics using programming.
“…Cause you’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no. You’re in then you’re out, you’re up then you’re down…”—Elizabeth Bennett, an excerpt from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (via historysaidwhat)