# statistics

## 3 Must-Read Statistics Books for Aspiring Data Scientists

If you’re making the switch to Data Science, you might have come from a programming route or from science. It would be all too easy to learn a few new skills in data handling and machine learning and neglect statistics. After all, many of the new breed of Data Scientists are declaring stats to be dead. They are…

## Free Must-Read Statistics Books for Aspiring Data Scientists

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll know that every month we produce a blog post where we showcase and review 3 FREE Data Science eBooks that we’ve found out there on the web. We’ve been doing this for quite a long time now and we’ve built up a sizeable collection of links…

## Hilarious Graphs (and Pirates) Prove That Correlation Is Not Causation

When it comes to storytelling, we have a problem. It’s not our fault though – as human beings we are hard-wired from birth to look for patterns and explain why they happen. This problem doesn’t go away when we grow up though, it becomes worse the more intelligent we think we are. We convince ourselves that now…

## The One Reason Your Correlation Results Are Probably Wrong

I’m sure you all know how to do a correlation analysis to test if one variable is related to another. You probably even know when to use a Spearman correlation test over a Pearson correlation test. But did you know that the answers from these tests are probably wrong?When you have a pair of variables, finding a statistical relationship…

## 21 Inspirational Books for All Aspiring Data Scientists

Want to be an expert statistician? Great – enjoy the next 10 years of hard work! What about machine learning? Do you want to be an expert in that? Or what about programming or data visualisation? That’ll be 10 years (or more) for each. If you want to be an expert data scientist you’re going to need…

## 5 ‘Correlation Is Not Causation’ Traps that Even Pros Fall Into (sometimes)

How many times have you heard that ‘correlation is not causation’? Many times, I’m sure. So you know not to say things like ‘wow, the correlation between A and B has a p-value of 0.000001 so A must be causing B…’. I wish I had a pound for every time a very experienced, intelligent scientist with PhDs…