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Discussing Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

  • Aug 25, 2015 · 6:00 PM
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RSVPs are capped at 55

For the first time ever, we've capped RSVPs. There is only so much building capacity, and while it does sound badass to have the fire marshall break up our nerdy book discussion, it is not what we want.

Future book club events with open RSVPs:

•  UX Trivia Night

•  October discussion: 100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People & a live Q&A with the author!

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Agenda

6:00pm: Socializing & hanging out

6:30pm: Book discussion 

8:00pm (approx.): More socializing & finishing the beer off

At our August meetup, we'll be discussing “Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data” by Charles Wheelan.

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal―and you’ll come away with insights each time.


You don't have to read the book to attend!


Everyone is welcome to hang out and chat about the topic, even if you're not familiar with the reading material. Short excerpts from the book are read aloud to loosely guide the conversation along the topic.

Here's a video by the author on the topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIbr_AksnAc


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  • Monica C.

    Great event! had a blast with discussing stats and other UX topics with the group!

    August 28, 2015

  • Christina D.

    The group had such a diverse background! Lots of great snacks and drinks and discussions!

    1 · August 26, 2015

  • Rachel B.

    Sorry I had to change my rsvp status last minute!

    August 25, 2015

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