Serious Statisticians Funny Statistics

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All the articles presented in this book are already in my Face Book posts. These are posted in my own posts at different time.These articles do not carry any new theorems of statistics nor give any new additions to the statistical works already available in public domain. These articles are presented in a different perspective for easily understandable language for the non statisticians. More

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About Hiranya Borah

Born in a teachers' family in a village of Assam, a province of India, Borah started his journey of writing at a tender age of eleven. He published two novels in Assamese language and other fictional and non-fictional stories in Assamese periodicals during his college days. Then Borah almost stopped his literary activity for more than three decades. In the meantime he became a Gender specialist.
However,so far, he has published more than one hundred and sixty five books on this platform in English and one book in Hindi within a span of five years. The books are on different topics like inspiration,romance and love, humour, ghosts, suspense thriller, children etc and those are written both in prose and poetry.
Eight English and two Assamese books are also available in printed form. 2nd edition of his first book, 'Random Thoughts' is also in the public domain.

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Tuku Moni reviewed on March 1, 2016

How others see the book on some articles:
Comments received from different experts in the field which are reproduced in verbatim.

Chandramali Irani: Good guidance sir, thanks.

Rash Ranjan Deb : Saved this instruction, distribute this to my junior which will be very useful for them .Motivation and to create good and favorable relation with informant for the subject survey. Collect more information with minimum question which does not irritate and reluctant to informant.

K Narayanan Unni : Good compilation. I must congratulate you for this.

I would suggest mentioning at the outset of this episode that whatever is being said applies to collection of socio economic data. Issues in collecting data for engineering applications, for example, are very different.

In Item 2 last sentence says “Do not ask any question, which is not easy to answer, if it is posed by others to you”. Who is responsible for such a situation? Certainly not the interviewer, but the guy(s) who decided on the questionnaire. The persons who design questionnaires have to take the blame for expecting accurate information for questions that they themselves would not be able to provide. The designer has also to see whether the time required for canvassing a questionnaire is within the limits that he/she would allow had the interviewer been visiting his/her household.

Tushar Bordoloi: All points are genuine. The point no 8 asking to be observant about the state of infomant's mind I cannot agree more. An intelligent Investigator would always make the process of schedule canvassing very interesting I believe.

Debasish Guha: In near future such type surveys may not be conducted at all. Information would be collected from SMSs, FB and other electronic depositaries through Big Data analysis. We should in our statistical system try to educate ourselves on this line ; otherwise we may not be relevant to the Govt. in near future. UN already working on this unfortunately from India i conferences on such theme is being attended by non-ISS .!?

Satya Narain Singh: I cannot but agree with you Guhaji. But can we use such wonderful means of new technologies in complex surveys like those of NSS. I have my doubts.

Debasish Guha: We may not have to design a complex survey to get answers to all Qs. Technology will take care to answer all the Qs through Data Mining (Big data) from the available plethora data sets : structured or unstructured : To give an example we may get the A-P-Y credible data through satellite images and statistical tools ; we may not conduct yearly surveys for area , yield for major crops , the system has stabilize for the major crops: which matters for policy decision , this is what I feel but there are differences of opinion even within Govt.
Satya Narain Singh: As long as we are in clutches of academics and under pressure to fulfil their insatiable desire of all data, the idea which no doubt laudable will remain on paper only.
Debasish Guha: True

Tarun Basu: I want to add three more points. First, an investigator needs to be familiar with local customs. Second, local language plays an important role in interviews. Third, for creating rapport one should try to assess the fields of interest of the respondent. False promises always backfires, as u have rightly mentioned.
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Tuku Moni reviewed on Nov. 8, 2015
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Funny but interesting book
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Borah reviewed on June 6, 2015

Very good presentation of some known and unknown facts!
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monaborah reviewed on June 5, 2015

Excellent book for statisticians and non-statisticians . Before you reach the statistics part, you will understand the social utility of the statistical domain in that field. For a statistical student it will be very handy to know what is official statistics in a lighter way. It is also very informative book.
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A R Dent reviewed on June 2, 2015

As an author on Smashwords I downloaded this book as research. Irony of a sort. I found the book totally to the opposite to what I expected; loved the way the story, yes story, unfolded. It is not a book about statistics so much as being a book written by a humanist; a philosopher whose love and employ is around statistics. Five stars is the only rating I can give as it gave me more material to write satire than I imagined when I first saw the title and the blurb. I for one would love to read a novel based on his experiences; a novella written with the pathos and comedy that is in this book but as fiction. This author has the ability to write superb fiction.
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anwesha borah reviewed on June 2, 2015

It is a fantastic book for new entrants to the statistical world
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Tuku Moni reviewed on June 2, 2015
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It is interesting to read even for a non-statisticians.
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