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ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society

About the Series

There is a growing recognition of the importance of statistical reasoning across many different aspects of everyday life. This is the case now more than ever, in our data-rich world, where the volume, availability, and types of data have increased significantly. It is crucially important that statistical reasoning is introduced to students early in their education, giving them key skills for nearly any career path they choose. Professionals in every field encounter data throughout their working lives, and the ability to reason statistically will enable them to make better evidence-based decisions. For members of the general public, learning how to reason statistically enables them to better understand risk, make decisions in the face of uncertainty, and become more informed citizens.

This exciting book series features:

  • A forum highlighting the important role of statistical and probabilistic reasoning in many areas.
  • Concepts presented while assuming minimal background in Mathematics and Statistics.
  • A broad audience including professionals across many fields, the general public and courses in high schools and colleges.
  • Topics include Statistics in wide-ranging aspects of professional and everyday life, including the media, science, health, society, politics, law, education, sports, finance, climate, and national security.
  • Short and inexpensive books of 100-150 pages that can be written and read in a reasonable amount of time.

Please contact us if you have an idea for a book for the series.

11 Series Titles

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Protecting Your Privacy in a Data-Driven World

Protecting Your Privacy in a Data-Driven World

1st Edition


By Claire McKay Bowen
November 22, 2021

At what point does the sacrifice to our personal information outweigh the public good? If public policymakers had access to our personal and confidential data, they could make more evidence-based, data-informed decisions that could accelerate economic recovery and improve COVID-19 vaccine ...

Achieving Product Reliability A Key to Business Success

Achieving Product Reliability: A Key to Business Success

1st Edition

By Necip Doganaksoy, William Q. Meeker, Gerald J. Hahn
June 22, 2021

Are you buying a car or smartphone or dishwasher? We bet long-term, trouble-free operation (i.e., high reliability) is among the top three things you look for. Reliability problems can lead to everything from minor inconveniences to human disasters. Ensuring high reliability in designing and ...

Debunking Seven Terrorism Myths Using Statistics

Debunking Seven Terrorism Myths Using Statistics

1st Edition

By Andre Python
July 10, 2020

What is terrorism? What can we learn and what cannot we learn from terrorism data? What are the perspectives and limitations of the analysis of terrorism data? Over the last decade, scholars have generated unprecedented insight from the statistical analysis of ever-growing databases on terrorism. ...

Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks Saving Humanity from the Next Plague

Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague

1st Edition

By Steven E Rigdon, Ronald D. Fricker, Jr.
February 21, 2020

With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe with near impunity, it is thwarting governments and health organizations efforts to contain it.  Not since the 1918 Spanish Flu have citizens of developed countries experienced such a large-scale disease outbreak that is having devastating health and ...

Measuring Society

Measuring Society

1st Edition

By Chaitra H. Nagaraja
August 09, 2019

Collecting and analyzing data on unemployment, inflation, and inequality help describe the complex world around us. When published by the government, such data are called official statistics. They are reported by the media, used by politicians to lend weight to their arguments, and by economic ...

Measuring Crime Behind the Statistics

Measuring Crime: Behind the Statistics

1st Edition

By Sharon L. Lohr
March 29, 2019

Crime statistics are everywhere, but how do you know when they’re valid? If a newspaper report says "the rate of overall violent crime decreased by 0.9 percent," how can you tell where that statistic came from, what it measures, and how accurate it is? Is it worth repeating or sharing? Measuring ...

Statistics and Health Care Fraud How to Save Billions

Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions

1st Edition

By Tahir Ekin
February 13, 2019

Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions helps the public to become more informed citizens through discussions of real world health care examples and fraud assessment applications. The author presents statistical and analytical methods used in health care fraud audits without ...

Improving Your NCAA® Bracket with Statistics

Improving Your NCAA® Bracket with Statistics

1st Edition

By Tom Adams
December 20, 2018

Twenty-four million people wager nearly $3 billion on college basketball pools each year, but few are aware that winning strategies have been developed by researchers at Harvard, Yale, and other universities over the past two decades. Bad advice from media sources and even our own psychological ...

Data Visualization Charts, Maps, and Interactive Graphics

Data Visualization: Charts, Maps, and Interactive Graphics

1st Edition

By Robert Grant
December 04, 2018

This is the age of data. There are more innovations and more opportunities for interesting work with data than ever before, but there is also an overwhelming amount of quantitative information being published every day. Data visualisation has become big business, because communication is the ...

Visualizing Baseball

Visualizing Baseball

1st Edition

By Jim Albert
August 17, 2017

Visualizing Baseball provides a visual exploration of the game of baseball. Graphical displays are used to show how measures of performance, at the team level and the individual level, have changed over the history of baseball. Graphs of career trajectories are helpful for understanding the ...

Errors, Blunders, and Lies How to Tell the Difference

Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference

1st Edition

By David S. Salsburg
April 19, 2017

We live in a world that is not quite "right." The central tenet of statistical inquiry is that Observation = Truth + Error because even the most careful of scientific investigations have always been bedeviled by uncertainty. Our attempts to measure things are plagued with small errors. Our attempts...

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