I recently started reading Richard Muller's book, Physics for Future Presidents
, and it made wonder what statisticians would include in a book of statistics for future presidents. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments space of this blog entry or by emailing me: email@example.com
I'm aware of lists for the most important statistical skills for statisticians (e.g., The 5 Most Critical Statistical Concepts
), K-12 students
, non-science majors, and professions such as journalists (e.g., News and Numbers by Victor Cohn) and clinicians
. I'm eager to hear what statistics you’d recommend for future presidents (or policymakers more generally) and how it would compare with the recommended statistical skills/concepts for others.
Muller's book organizes his book into a discussion of five topics: terrorism; energy; nuclear weapons, power and waste; space; and global warming. Would a Statistics-for-Future-Presidents book also be organized by such topic areas or would be organized into more statistical thinking categories (interpreting data, assessing study/report conclusions and survey results, decisionmaking in presence of uncertainty, assessing/managing risk, …) or some combination of these?