I’ve just started my holiday shopping. I probably do two thirds of my purchases online with Amazon, satisfying family requests for books, DVDs, games and electronics. I get my money’s worth from a Prime account, generally including one or more books for myself with each gift order.

On the recommendation of a colleague, I added “Thinking Statistically,” a 40-page “book” by Uri Bram, to a latest batch of gifts. TS took me all of an hour to complete, but I found it both an enjoyable read and a refreshing review. Bram applies statistical concepts to everyday life situations and succeeds in illustrating how we often err in cognition by not using statistical logic correctly. This little book sits between mathematically-oriented statistical texts and the pioneering work on judgment and decision making by psychologists such as Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman.

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