The Resource Millions, Billions, Zillions : Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers, Brian Kernighan

Millions, Billions, Zillions : Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers, Brian Kernighan

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Millions, Billions, Zillions : Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers
Title
Millions, Billions, Zillions
Title remainder
Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers
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Brian Kernighan
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
An essential guide to recognizing bogus numbers and misleading dataNumbers are often intimidating, confusing, and even deliberately deceptive-especially when they are really big. The media loves to report on millions, billions, and trillions, but frequently makes basic mistakes or presents such numbers in misleading ways. And misunderstanding numbers can have serious consequences, since they can deceive us in many of our most important decisions, including how to vote, what to buy, and whether to make a financial investment. In this short, accessible, enlightening, and entertaining book, leading computer scientist Brian Kernighan teaches anyone-even diehard math-phobes-how to demystify the numbers that assault us every day.With examples drawn from a rich variety of sources, including journalism, advertising, and politics, Kernighan demonstrates how numbers can mislead and misrepresent. In chapters covering big numbers, units, dimensions, and more, he lays bare everything from deceptive graphs to speciously precise numbers. And he shows how anyone-using a few basic ideas and lots of shortcuts-can easily learn to recognize common mistakes, determine whether numbers are credible, and make their own sensible estimates when needed.Giving you the simple tools you need to avoid being fooled by dubious numbers, Millions, Billions, Zillions is an essential survival guide for a world drowning in big-and often bad-data
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
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Kernighan, Brian
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other
LC call number
QA255
LC item number
.K47 2018eb
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Data mining
  • Numbers, Complex
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specialized
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Millions, Billions, Zillions : Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers, Brian Kernighan
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 6: Dimensionality
  • Chapter 7: Milestones
  • Chapter 8: Specious Precision
  • Chapter 9: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
  • Chapter 10: Graphical Trickery
  • Chapter 11: Bias
  • Chapter 12: Arithmetic
  • Chapter 13: Estimation
  • Chapter 14: Self Defense
  • Further Reading
  • Frontmatter
  • Figure Credits
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Millions, Billions, Zillions
  • Chapter 3: Big Numbers
  • Chapter 4: Mega, Giga, Tera, and Beyond
  • Chapter 5: Units
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691190136
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.23943/9780691190136
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)502972
  • (DE-B1597)9780691190136
Label
Millions, Billions, Zillions : Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers, Brian Kernighan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 6: Dimensionality
  • Chapter 7: Milestones
  • Chapter 8: Specious Precision
  • Chapter 9: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
  • Chapter 10: Graphical Trickery
  • Chapter 11: Bias
  • Chapter 12: Arithmetic
  • Chapter 13: Estimation
  • Chapter 14: Self Defense
  • Further Reading
  • Frontmatter
  • Figure Credits
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Millions, Billions, Zillions
  • Chapter 3: Big Numbers
  • Chapter 4: Mega, Giga, Tera, and Beyond
  • Chapter 5: Units
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691190136
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.23943/9780691190136
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)502972
  • (DE-B1597)9780691190136

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