Better Business Decisions from Data

Statistical Analysis for Professional Success

Authors: Kenny, Peter

  • Better Business Decisions from Data: Statistical Analysis for Professional Success is a guide to making better business decisions by extracting valuable information from statistical data--and avoiding being misled by numbers. It assumes no previous knowledge of statistics.

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Everyone encounters statistics on a daily basis. They are used in proposals, reports, requests, and advertisements, among others, to support assertions, opinions, and theories. Unless you’re a trained statistician, it can be bewildering. What are the numbers really saying or not saying? Better Business Decisions from Data: Statistical Analysis for Professional Success provides the answers to these questions and more. It will show you how to use statistical data to improve small, every-day management judgments as well as major business decisions with potentially serious consequences.

Author Peter Kenny—with deep experience in industry—believes that "while the methods of statistics can be complicated, the meaning of statistics is not." He first outlines the ways in which we are frequently misled by statistical results, either because of our lack of understanding or because we are being misled intentionally. Then he offers sound approaches for understanding and assessing statistical data to make excellent decisions. Kenny assumes no prior knowledge of statistical techniques; he explains concepts simply and shows how the tools are used in various business situations.

With the arrival of Big Data, statistical processing has taken on a new level of importance. Kenny lays a foundation for understanding the importance and value of Big Data, and then he shows how mined data can help you see your business in a new light and uncover opportunity.

Among other things, this book covers:

  • How statistics can help you assess the probability of a successful outcome
  • How data is collected, sampled, and best interpreted
  • How to make effective forecasts based on the data at hand
  • How to spot the misuse or abuse of statistical evidence in advertisements, reports, and proposals
  • How to commission a statistical analysis

Arranged in seven parts—Uncertainties, Data, Samples, Comparisons, Relationships, Forecasts, and Big Data—Better Business Decisions from Data is a guide for busy people in general management, finance, marketing, operations, and other business disciplines who run across statistics on a daily or weekly basis. You’ll return to it again and again as new challenges emerge, making better decisions each time that boost your organization’s fortunes—as well as your own.

About the authors

Peter Kenny, educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, was employed by the National Coal Board (later British Coal), first as a research scientist then as manager of various engineering departments. At the time of his early retirement, he was British Coal’s Reliability Manager, reporting to the Chief Engineer. Since then, he has taught mathematics and science subjects in colleges of further education, and as a private tutor. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Member of the Institute of Materials, a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Engineer. He has published many technical papers and general interest articles. He holds the LAMDA Diploma in public speaking, which is also the subject of his book A Handbook of Public Speaking for Scientist and Engineers.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Better Business Decisions from Data
Book Subtitle
Statistical Analysis for Professional Success
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Peter Kenny
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-0184-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-0184-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-0185-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 288
Number of Illustrations and Tables
56 b/w illustrations
Topics