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Statistics for Management and Economics + XLSTAT Bind-in (Hardcover, 11th edition): Gerald Keller Statistics for Management and Economics + XLSTAT Bind-in (Hardcover, 11th edition)
Gerald Keller
R785 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R107 (14%) Dispatched within 8 - 13 working days

Demonstrate how statistical methods are vital for today's managers and economists as you teach students how to apply these tools to real business problems with the 11th edition of Statistics for Management and Economics.

This best-selling business and economic statistics text emphasizes applications over calculations using a unique three-step "ICI" approach to problem solving. Students IDENTIFY the correct statistical technique by focusing on the problem objective and data type; then COMPUTE the statistics (by hand, using ExcelŽ 2016, or using XLSTAT Excel add-in); and ultimately INTERPRET results in the context of the problem.

Readers examine functional areas of business as data-driven examples, more than 2400 exercises, and 32 cases demonstrate how marketing managers, financial analysts, accountants, and economists use statistical applications. Many exercises feature returns on 40 stocks. Students can download 1100 data sets, online appendixes and Data Analysis Plus from the book’s website.

Features:

Aplia FOR INTRODUCTORY BUSINESS STATISTICS HELPS STUDENTS STAY ON TOP OF COURSEWORK WITH REGULARLY SCHEDULED ASSIGNMENTS. Developed by teachers and used by more than 1,000,000 students, Aplia features interactive assignments that connect concepts to the real world. Auto-assigned, auto-graded homework holds students accountable for the material before they come to class. Immediate, detailed explanations for every answer enhance comprehension of foundational knowledge and statistical concepts. Gradebook Analytics allow you to monitor performance on a student-by-student basis.

EMPHASIS ON IDENTIFICATION AND INTERPRETATION PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH PRACTICAL SKILLS. With this book’s emphasis on applications rather than calculations, your student master and practice skills they can apply to real-world problems, whether you choose to use manual or computer calculations.

STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT REAL DATA INTO INFORMATION. This book gives you flexibility, with the optional use of computer software, to teach your students how to work with larger data sets and more realistic exercises and examples....

Statistics for Business and Economics (Paperback, 4th edition): Jim Freeman, Eddie Shoesmith, Dennis Sweeney, David Anderson,... Statistics for Business and Economics (Paperback, 4th edition)
Jim Freeman, Eddie Shoesmith, Dennis Sweeney, David Anderson, Thomas Williams 2
R743 R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Save R107 (14%) In stock

Statistics for Business and Economics provides a clear overview for students across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This textbook provides students with regional and relevant examples and case studies throughout to give context to the ideas discussed. Statistics for Business and Economics features method and application-based problem sets throughout. Accompanying data files are available on the online platform, available in SPSS, MINITAB and EXCEL formats. Data sets for all case problems as well as data sets for larger exercises are included.

The South African Informal Sector - Providing Jobs, Reducing Poverty (Paperback): Frederick Fourie The South African Informal Sector - Providing Jobs, Reducing Poverty (Paperback)
Frederick Fourie
R290 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R60 (21%) Dispatched within 4 - 10 working days

Although South Africa’s informal sector is small compared to other developing countries, it nevertheless provides livelihoods, employment and income for millions of workers and business owners. Almost half of informal-sector workers work in firms with employees. The annual entry of new enterprises is quite high, as is the number of informal enterprises that grow their employment. There is no shortage of entrepreneurship and desire to grow.

However, obstacles and constraints cause hardship and failure, pointing to the need for well-designed policies to enable and support the sector, rather than suppress it. The same goes for formalisation. Recognising the informal sector as an integral part of the economy, rather than ignoring it, is a crucial first step towards instituting a ‘smart’ policy approach.

The South African Informal Sector is strongly evidence- and data-driven, with substantial quantitative contributions combined with qualitative findings – suitable for an era of increased pressure for evidence-based policy-making – and utilises several disciplinary perspectives.

Essential Mathematics for Economics and Business (Paperback, 4th Edition): Teresa Bradley Essential Mathematics for Economics and Business (Paperback, 4th Edition)
Teresa Bradley
R1,192 R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Save R261 (22%) Dispatched within 7 - 13 working days

Essential Mathematics for Economics and Business is established as one of the leading introductory textbooks on mathematics for students of business and economics. Combining a user friendly approach to mathematics with practical applications to the subjects, the text provides students with a clear and comprehensible guide to mathematics. The fundamental mathematical concepts are explained in a simple and accessible style, using a wide selection of worked examples, progress exercises and real world applications. New to this Edition * Fully updated text with revised worked examples and updated material on Excel and Powerpoint * New exercises in mathematics and its applications to give further clarity and practice opportunities * Fully updated online material including animations and a new test bank * The fourth edition is supported by a companion website at www.wiley.com/college/bradley, which contains: Animations of selected worked examples providing students with a new way of understanding the problems Access to the Maple T.A. test bank, which features over 500 algorithmic questions Further learning material, applications, exercises and solutions. * Problems in context studies, which present the mathematics in a business or economics framework. * Updated PowerPoint slides, Excel problems and solutions. "The text is aimed at providing an introductory-level exposition of mathematical methods for economics and business students. In terms of level, pace, complexity of examples and user-friendly style the text is excellent - it genuinely recognises and meets the needs of students with minimal maths background." Colin Glass, Emeritus Professor, University of Ulster "One of the major strengths of this book is the range of exercises in both drill and applications. Also the 'worked examples' are excellent; they provide examples of the use of mathematics to realistic problems and are easy to follow." Donal Hurley, formerly of University College Cork "The most comprehensive reader in this topic yet, this book is an essential aid to the avid economist who loathes mathematics!" Amazon.co.uk

Statistics for Management and Economics (Hardcover, 10th edition): Gerald Keller Statistics for Management and Economics (Hardcover, 10th edition)
Gerald Keller 1
R793 R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Save R107 (13%) In stock

STATISTICS FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS, Tenth Edition, emphasizes applications over calculation. It illustrates how vital statistical methods and tools are for today's managers--and teaches you how to apply them to real business problems. Using a proven three-step "ICI" approach to problem solving, the text teaches you how to IDENTIFY the correct statistical technique by focusing on the problem objective and data type; how to COMPUTE the statistics doing them by hand, using Excel (R), or using MINITAB; and how to INTERPRET results in the context of the problem. This unique approach enhances your comprehension and practical skills. The text's vast assortment of data-driven examples, exercises, and cases covers the various functional areas of business, demonstrating the statistical applications that marketing managers, financial analysts, accountants, economists, and others use. These comprehensive applications give you hands-on practice, while solid pedagogical elements make the material more accessible and easy to apply to your world. Completely up-to-date, the tenth edition offers comprehensive coverage, current examples, and Excel (R) 2013 and MINITAB 16 content.

CU Using Econometrics UNISA (Paperback): CU Using Econometrics UNISA (Paperback)
R831 R690 Discovery Miles 6 900 Save R141 (17%) In stock
The Theory of Collusion and Competition Policy (Hardcover): Joseph E. Harrington The Theory of Collusion and Competition Policy (Hardcover)
Joseph E. Harrington
R607 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R141 (23%) In stock

Collusion occurs when firms in a market coordinate their behavior for the purpose of producing a supracompetitive outcome. The literature on the theory of collusion is deep and broad but most of that work does not take account of the possible illegality of collusion. Recently, there has been a growing body of research that explicitly focuses on collusion that runs afoul of competition law and thereby makes firms potentially liable for penalties. This book, by an expert on the subject, reviews the theoretical research on unlawful collusion, with a focus on two issues: the impact of competition law and enforcement on whether, how long, and how much firms collude; and the optimal design of competition law and enforcement.The book begins by discussing general issues that arise when models of collusion take into account competition law and enforcement. It goes on to consider game-theoretic models that encompass the probability of detection and penalties incurred when convicted, and examines how these policy instruments affect the frequency of cartels, cartel duration, cartel participation, and collusive prices. The book then considers the design of competition law and enforcement, examining such topics as the formula for penalties and leniency programs. The book concludes with suggested future lines of inquiry into illegal collusion.

Impact Evaluation - Treatment Effects and Causal Analysis (Paperback): Markus Frolich, Stefan Sperlich Impact Evaluation - Treatment Effects and Causal Analysis (Paperback)
Markus Frolich, Stefan Sperlich
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

In recent years, interest in rigorous impact evaluation has grown tremendously in policy-making, economics, public health, social sciences and international relations. Evidence-based policy-making has become a recurring theme in public policy, alongside greater demands for accountability in public policies and public spending, and requests for independent and rigorous impact evaluations for policy evidence. Froelich and Sperlich offer a comprehensive and up-to-date approach to quantitative impact evaluation analysis, also known as causal inference or treatment effect analysis, illustrating the main approaches for identification and estimation: experimental studies, randomization inference and randomized control trials (RCTs), matching and propensity score matching and weighting, instrumental variable estimation, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity designs, quantile treatment effects, and evaluation of dynamic treatments. The book is designed for economics graduate courses but can also serve as a manual for professionals in research institutes, governments, and international organizations, evaluating the impact of a wide range of public policies in health, environment, transport and economic development.

Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics, Series Number 48 - High-Dimensional Statistics: A Non-Asymptotic... Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics, Series Number 48 - High-Dimensional Statistics: A Non-Asymptotic Viewpoint (Hardcover)
Martin J Wainwright
R1,338 R1,254 Discovery Miles 12 540 Save R84 (6%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Recent years have witnessed an explosion in the volume and variety of data collected in all scientific disciplines and industrial settings. Such massive data sets present a number of challenges to researchers in statistics and machine learning. This book provides a self-contained introduction to the area of high-dimensional statistics, aimed at the first-year graduate level. It includes chapters that are focused on core methodology and theory - including tail bounds, concentration inequalities, uniform laws and empirical process, and random matrices - as well as chapters devoted to in-depth exploration of particular model classes - including sparse linear models, matrix models with rank constraints, graphical models, and various types of non-parametric models. With hundreds of worked examples and exercises, this text is intended both for courses and for self-study by graduate students and researchers in statistics, machine learning, and related fields who must understand, apply, and adapt modern statistical methods suited to large-scale data.

Who Gets What - And Why - Understand the Choices You Have, Improve the Choices You Make (Paperback): Alvin Roth Who Gets What - And Why - Understand the Choices You Have, Improve the Choices You Make (Paperback)
Alvin Roth 1
R240 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R92 (38%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

This book shows how our lives are shaped not only by the choices we make, but by the choices we have. From dating, school and university applications to the job market, understand the most important decisions you'll ever make with insights from a Nobel Prize-winner. Who Gets What and Why is a piquantly written, mind-expanding exploration of the markets that matter most to many of us. If you've ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to university or guided your child into a good school, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you have participated in a matching market. They are everywhere around us and account for some of the biggest technological successes of the decade, like Uber and Airbnb. Matching markets can even be the gatekeeper of life itself, guiding how desperately ill patients receive scarce organs for transplants. Alvin E. Roth shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering research into market design - the principles that govern all kinds of markets where money isn't the only factor in determining who gets what. His book reveals what factors make these markets work well - or badly - and shows us all how to recognise a good match and make smarter, more confident decisions.

The Growth Delusion - Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations (Paperback): David Pilling The Growth Delusion - Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations (Paperback)
David Pilling
R287 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R71 (25%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days
Experimental Economics - Method and Applications (Paperback): Nicolas Jacquemet, Olivier L'Haridon Experimental Economics - Method and Applications (Paperback)
Nicolas Jacquemet, Olivier L'Haridon
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past two decades, experimental economics has moved from a fringe activity to become a standard tool for empirical research. With experimental economics now regarded as part of the basic tool-kit for applied economics, this book demonstrates how controlled experiments can be a useful in providing evidence relevant to economic research. Professors Jacquemet and L'Haridon take the standard model in applied econometrics as a basis to the methodology of controlled experiments. Methodological discussions are illustrated with standard experimental results. This book provides future experimental practitioners with the means to construct experiments that fit their research question, and new comers with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of controlled experiments. Graduate students and academic researchers working in the field of experimental economics will be able to learn how to undertake, understand and criticise empirical research based on lab experiments, and refer to specific experiments, results or designs completed with case study applications.

A Guide to Modern Econometrics (Paperback, 5th Edition): Marno Verbeek A Guide to Modern Econometrics (Paperback, 5th Edition)
Marno Verbeek
R1,485 Discovery Miles 14 850 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days
Financial Econometrics - Models and Methods (Paperback): Oliver Linton Financial Econometrics - Models and Methods (Paperback)
Oliver Linton
R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

This is a thorough exploration of the models and methods of financial econometrics by one of the world's leading financial econometricians and is for students in economics, finance, statistics, mathematics, and engineering who are interested in financial applications. Based on courses taught around the world, the up-to-date content covers developments in econometrics and finance over the last twenty years while ensuring a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of the field. Care has been taken to link theory and application to provide real-world context for students. Worked exercises and empirical examples have also been included to make sure complicated concepts are solidly explained and understood.

Weapons of Math Destruction - How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Paperback): Cathy O'Neil Weapons of Math Destruction - How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Paperback)
Cathy O'Neil 1
R268 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R113 (42%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

New York Times Bestseller 'Fascinating and deeply disturbing' - Yuval Noah Harari, Guardian Books of the Year 'A manual for the 21st-century citizen... accessible, refreshingly critical, relevant and urgent' - Federica Cocco, Financial Times A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. And yet, as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These "weapons of math destruction" score teachers and students, sort CVs, grant or deny loans, evaluate workers, target voters, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modellers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

A Short Course in Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Roberto Serrano, Allan M. Feldman A Short Course in Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Roberto Serrano, Allan M. Feldman
R1,098 Discovery Miles 10 980 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

This second edition retains the positive features of being clearly written, well organized, and incorporating calculus in the text, while adding expanded coverage on game theory, experimental economics, and behavioural economics. It remains more focused and manageable than similar textbooks, and provides a concise yet comprehensive treatment of the core topics of microeconomics, including theories of the consumer and of the firm, market structure, partial and general equilibrium, and market failures caused by public goods, externalities and asymmetric information. The book includes helpful solved problems in all the substantive chapters, as well as over seventy new mathematical exercises and enhanced versions of the ones in the first edition. The authors make use of the book's full color with sharp and helpful graphs and illustrations. This mathematically rigorous textbook is meant for students at the intermediate level who have already had an introductory course in microeconomics, and a calculus course.

Financial Analytics with R - Building a Laptop Laboratory for Data Science (Hardcover): Mark Bennett, Dirk Hugen Financial Analytics with R - Building a Laptop Laboratory for Data Science (Hardcover)
Mark Bennett, Dirk Hugen
R1,082 R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Save R64 (6%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Are you innately curious about dynamically inter-operating financial markets? Since the crisis of 2008, there is a need for professionals with more understanding about statistics and data analysis, who can discuss the various risk metrics, particularly those involving extreme events. By providing a resource for training students and professionals in basic and sophisticated analytics, this book meets that need. It offers both the intuition and basic vocabulary as a step towards the financial, statistical, and algorithmic knowledge required to resolve the industry problems, and it depicts a systematic way of developing analytical programs for finance in the statistical language R. Build a hands-on laboratory and run many simulations. Explore the analytical fringes of investments and risk management. Bennett and Hugen help profit-seeking investors and data science students sharpen their skills in many areas, including time-series, forecasting, portfolio selection, covariance clustering, prediction, and derivative securities.

Pocket World in Figures 2019 (Hardcover, Main): The Economist Pocket World in Figures 2019 (Hardcover, Main)
The Economist 1
R302 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R110 (36%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

For more than 25 years, Pocket World in Figures has been the indispensable handbook on the state of the world, covering demographics, industry, politics, geography, culture and more.

Where else would you find out, in a single volume, that Ukraine is the most equal country on earth, that Tajikistan has the world's highest divorce rate or that Monaco, uniquely, has more telephone landlines than people?

The new edition includes data from over 180 countries, presented in a series of rankings and country profiles. Updated, revised and expanded each year to include new rankings and features, it also includes detailed statistical profiles of more than 65 of the world's major economies, the euro area and the world itself.

And, once again, the 2019 edition will showcase the Economist's strength in data journalism by including charts and graphs, and will invite readers to test their knowledge with its world rankings quiz.

VBA for Modelers - Developing Decision Support Systems (with Microsoft (R) Office Excel (R) Printed Access Card), International... VBA for Modelers - Developing Decision Support Systems (with Microsoft (R) Office Excel (R) Printed Access Card), International Edition (Paperback, International Edition)
S. Albright
R784 R669 Discovery Miles 6 690 Save R115 (15%) Dispatched within 8 - 13 working days

Chris Albright's VBA FOR MODELERS, 4E, International Edition is an essential tool for helping students learn to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) as a means to automate common spreadsheet tasks, as well as to create sophisticated management science applications. VBA is the programming language for Microsoft (R) Office. VBA FOR MODELERS, 4E, International Edition contains two parts. The first part teaches students the essentials of VBA for Excel. The second part illustrates how a number of management science models can be automated with VBA. From a user's standpoint, these applications hide the details of the management science techniques and instead present a simple user interface for inputs and results.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics Textbooks, Series Number 11 - Computational Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction... Institute of Mathematical Statistics Textbooks, Series Number 11 - Computational Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction (Paperback)
M. Antonia Amaral Turkman, Carlos Daniel Paulino, Peter Muller
R646 Discovery Miles 6 460 Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Meaningful use of advanced Bayesian methods requires a good understanding of the fundamentals. This engaging book explains the ideas that underpin the construction and analysis of Bayesian models, with particular focus on computational methods and schemes. The unique features of the text are the extensive discussion of available software packages combined with a brief but complete and mathematically rigorous introduction to Bayesian inference. The text introduces Monte Carlo methods, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, and Bayesian software, with additional material on model validation and comparison, transdimensional MCMC, and conditionally Gaussian models. The inclusion of problems makes the book suitable as a textbook for a first graduate-level course in Bayesian computation with a focus on Monte Carlo methods. The extensive discussion of Bayesian software - R/R-INLA, OpenBUGS, JAGS, STAN, and BayesX - makes it useful also for researchers and graduate students from beyond statistics.

Weapons of Math Destruction - How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Paperback): Cathy O'Neil Weapons of Math Destruction - How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Paperback)
Cathy O'Neil
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Dispatched within 4 - 8 working days

New York Times Bestseller 'Fascinating and deeply disturbing' - Yuval Noah Harari, Guardian Books of the Year 'A manual for the 21st-century citizen... accessible, refreshingly critical, relevant and urgent' - Federica Cocco, Financial Times A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. And yet, as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These "weapons of math destruction" score teachers and students, sort CVs, grant or deny loans, evaluate workers, target voters, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modellers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

Econometric Exercises, Series Number 2 - Statistics (Paperback): Karim M. Abadir, Risto D.H. Heijmans, Jan R. Magnus Econometric Exercises, Series Number 2 - Statistics (Paperback)
Karim M. Abadir, Risto D.H. Heijmans, Jan R. Magnus
R1,379 R1,130 Discovery Miles 11 300 Save R249 (18%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Building on the success of Abadir and Magnus' Matrix Algebra in the Econometric Exercises Series, Statistics serves as a bridge between elementary and specialized statistics. Professors Abadir, Heijmans, and Magnus freely use matrix algebra to cover intermediate to advanced material. Each chapter contains a general introduction followed by a series of connected exercises which build up knowledge systematically. The characteristic feature of the book (and indeed the series) is that all exercises are fully solved. The authors present many new proofs of established results, along with new results, often involving shortcuts that resort to statistical conditioning arguments.

World Inequality Report 2018 (Paperback): Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman World Inequality Report 2018 (Paperback)
Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman
R477 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R122 (26%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

World Inequality Report 2018 is the most authoritative and up-to-date account of global trends in inequality. Researched, compiled, and written by a team of the world's leading economists of inequality, it presents-with unrivaled clarity and depth-information and analysis that will be vital to policy makers and scholars everywhere. Inequality has taken center stage in public debate as the wealthiest people in most parts of the world have seen their share of the economy soar relative to that of others, many of whom, especially in the West, have experienced stagnation. The resulting political and social pressures have posed harsh new challenges for governments and created a pressing demand for reliable data. The World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley, has answered this call by coordinating research into the latest trends in the accumulation and distribution of income and wealth on every continent. This inaugural report analyzes the Lab's findings, which include data from major countries where information has traditionally been difficult to acquire, such as China, India, and Brazil. Among nations, inequality has been decreasing as traditionally poor countries' economies have caught up with the West. The report shows, however, that inequality has been steadily deepening within almost every nation, though national trajectories vary, suggesting the importance of institutional and policy frameworks in shaping inequality. World Inequality Report 2018 will be a key document for anyone concerned about one of the most imperative and contentious subjects in contemporary politics and economics.

The Tyranny of Metrics (Hardcover): Jerry Z. Muller The Tyranny of Metrics (Hardcover)
Jerry Z. Muller
R477 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R117 (25%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing--and shows how we can begin to fix the problem. Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." That's because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to--rather than a replacement for--judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial. Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metrics is an essential corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics Textbooks, Series Number 11 - Computational Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction... Institute of Mathematical Statistics Textbooks, Series Number 11 - Computational Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction (Hardcover)
M. Antonia Amaral Turkman, Carlos Daniel Paulino, Peter Muller
R1,777 R1,651 Discovery Miles 16 510 Save R126 (7%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Meaningful use of advanced Bayesian methods requires a good understanding of the fundamentals. This engaging book explains the ideas that underpin the construction and analysis of Bayesian models, with particular focus on computational methods and schemes. The unique features of the text are the extensive discussion of available software packages combined with a brief but complete and mathematically rigorous introduction to Bayesian inference. The text introduces Monte Carlo methods, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, and Bayesian software, with additional material on model validation and comparison, transdimensional MCMC, and conditionally Gaussian models. The inclusion of problems makes the book suitable as a textbook for a first graduate-level course in Bayesian computation with a focus on Monte Carlo methods. The extensive discussion of Bayesian software - R/R-INLA, OpenBUGS, JAGS, STAN, and BayesX - makes it useful also for researchers and graduate students from beyond statistics.

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