Telling Stories with Data With Applications in R
The book equips students with the end-to-end skills needed to do data science. That means gathering, cleaning, preparing, and sharing data, then using statistical models to analyse data, writing about the results of those models, drawing conclusions from them, and finally, using the cloud to put a model into production, all done in a reproducible way.
At the moment, there are a lot of books that teach data science, but most of them assume that you already have the data. This book fills that gap by detailing how to go about gathering datasets, cleaning and preparing them, before analysing them. There are also a lot of books that teach statistical modelling, but few of them teach how to communicate the results of the models and how they help us learn about the world. Very few data science textbooks cover ethics, and most of those that do, have a token ethics chapter. Finally, reproducibility is not often emphasised in data science books. This book is based around a straight-forward workflow conducted in an ethical and reproducible way: gather data, prepare data, analyse data, and communicate those findings. This book will achieve the goals by working through extensive case studies in terms of gathering and preparing data, and integrating ethics throughout. It is specifically designed around teaching how to write about the data and models, so aspects such as writing are explicitly covered. And finally, the use of GitHub and the open-source statistical language R are built in throughout the book.
- Extensive code examples.
- Ethics integrated throughout.
- Reproducibility integrated throughout.
- Focus on data gathering, messy data, and cleaning data.
- Extensive formative assessment throughout.
1. Telling stories with data 2. Drinking from a fire hose 3. Reproducible workflows Part 1. Foundations 4. Writing research 5. Static communication Part 2. Communication 6. Farm data 7. Gather data 8. Hunt data Part 3. Acquisition 9. Clean and prepare 10. Store and share Part 4. Preparation 11. Exploratory data analysis 12. Linear models 13. Generalized linear models 14. Causality from observational data 15. Multilevel regression with post-stratification 16. Text as data 17. Concluding remarks
"This clean and fun book covers a wide range of topics on statistical communication, programming, and modeling in a way that should be a useful supplement to any statistics course or self-learning program. I absolutely love this book!"
- Andrew Gelman, Columbia University
"An excellent book. Communication and reproducibility are of increasing concern in statistics, and this book covers these topics and more in a practical, appealing, and truly unique way."
- Daniela Witten, University of Washington
"Many data science texts tell you how to perform perfunctory calculations. Instead, Telling Stories with Data tells you how to engage in the mindset and process of analysis. By arming students with the computational, statistical and philosophical skills needed to use data in sense-making and story-telling, this book stands out from the pack as uniquely actionable and empowering."
- Emily Riederer, Capital One
"This is not another statistics book. It is much better than that. It is a book about doing quantitative research, about scientific justification, about quality control, about communication and epistemic humility. It's a valuable supplement to any methods curriculum, and useful for self-learners as well."
- Richard McElreath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
"Telling Stories with Data is a thoughtful guide to using data to learn and affect positive change. The book includes each stage of the process and can serve as a long-lasting companion to many data scientists and future data story tellers."
- Christopher Peters, Zapier
“A clever career choice is to pick a field where your skills are complementary with a growing resource. In the coming decades, those who are adept in analysing data will flourish. That means crunching statistics and telling compelling stories. Rohan Alexander’s book will help you do both.”
- Andrew Leigh, Member of the Australian Parliament and author of Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World
"Every data analyst has to tell stories with data, and yet traditional textbooks focus on statistical methods alone. Telling Stories with Data teaches the entire data science workflow, including data acquisition, communication, and reproducibility. I highly recommend this unique book!"
- Kosuke Imai, Harvard University
"This is an extraordinary, wonderful, book, full of wise advice for anyone starting in data science. Intermixing concepts and code means the ideas are immediately made concrete, and the emphasis on reproducible workflows brings a welcome dose of rigor to a rapidly developing field."
- David Spiegelhalter, The University of Cambridge