Numbersense: Clearing the Fog of Big Data
Talk & Book Signing
Three years ago, author and NYU statistician Kaiser Fung introduced his first book Numbers Rule Your World to a packed audience at Coles Science Center. We heard his analysis of false negatives in steroids testing, which has proven prescient in light of the Lance Armstrong scandal. He comes back to Coles to discuss his new book, Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage (McGraw-Hill).
In Numbersense, Fung suggests that “people in industry who wax on about Big Data take it for granted that more data begets more good… [But] when more people are performing more analyses more quickly, there are more theories, more points of view, more complexity, more conflicts and more confusion. There is less clarity, less consensus and less confidence."
In this talk, Fung will discuss the issues arising from Big Data studies, explain what numbersense is, and how numbersense clears the fog of Big Data. Numbersense, he says, is hard to teach in a classroom; in this new book, he uses a series of case studies based on recent news on school rankings, the obesity epidemic, digital marketing, economic indicators, and fantasy football.
Light refreshments will be served.
Books will be available at 20% off the cover price!
DATE: October 29, 2013
TIME: 6:00pm --7:30pm
LOCATION: Bobst Library, 2nd Floor, South Wing, Avery Room (Avery Fisher Center)
About Kaiser Fung:
Kaiser Fung teaches statistics at NYU in SCPS. He is Vice President of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Vimeo. Previously, he led the analytics team at Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator of the acclaimed Junk Charts blog (http://junkcharts.typepad.com), which pioneered the critical examination of data and graphics in the mass media; and the author of two popular books on statistical thinking. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, in addition to degrees from Princeton and Cambridge Universities.
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