Books 'Numbersense,' by Kaiser Fung.

Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by Travis Korte


“Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage,” by Kaiser Fung

In Number Sense, author Kaiser Fung seeks to give nontechnical readers the background they need to understand how big data affects their everyday life, from college ranking to fantasy sports. He seeks to separate the good information from the bad given the extensive media attention “big data” has received, and offers advice on when to trust data “experts” and when to question what you hear. Fung is a statistician at NYU, and writes on the popular data visualization blog Junk Charts.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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