Today, interpreting data is a critical decision-making factor for businesses and organizations. If your job requires you to manage and analyze all kinds of data, turn to Head First Data Analysis, where you'll quickly learn how to collect and organize data, sort the distractions from the truth, find meaningful patterns, draw conclusions, predict the future, and present your findings to others.Determine which data sources to use for collecting information
Assess data quality and distinguish signal from noise
Build basic data models to illuminate patterns, and assimilate new information into the models
Cope with ambiguous information
Design experiments to test hypotheses and draw conclusions
Use segmentation to organize your data within discrete market groups
Visualize data distributions to reveal new relationships and persuade others
Predict the future with sampling and probability models
Clean your data to make it useful
Communicate the results of your analysis to your audience
Whether you're a product developer researching the market viability of a new product or service, a marketing manager gauging or predicting the effectiveness of a campaign, a salesperson who needs data to support product presentations, or a lone entrepreneur responsible for all of these data-intensive functions and more, the unique approach in Head First Data Analysis is by far the most efficient way to learn what you need to know to convert raw data into a vital business tool.
You'll learn how to:
Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Data Analysis uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
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Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Page Count (est.): 480
Pub Date: 8/13/2009