Christmas Gifts For Stats and Data People

Well howdy? Only 11 days until Christmas, and I have in no way shape or form finished my shopping. I’m only ever good at coming up with gift ideas when they’re not actually needed, so I thought now was the perfect time to make a list of things you could get a statistician/data person in your life, if you were so inclined. Of course any of the books on my reading list here are pretty good, but if you’re looking for something more specific, read on!

  1. The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century This was my December book, and it was phenomenal. An amazing history of statistical thought in science and the personalities that drove it. If you ever wanted to know who the “student” was in “student’s t distribution”, this is the book for you. Caveat: If you don’t understand that previous sentence, I’d skip this one.
  2. Statistical dinosaurs. You had me at “Chisquareatops“. Or maybe “Stegonormalus“.
  3. A pound of dice. Or cards. Or bingo balls.  Because you never know when you may have to illustrate probability theory on the fly. (Bonus: these “heroes of science” playing cards are extra awesome)
  4. For the music lover Prints of pop song infographics. Data visualization taken to the next level.
  5. Art supplies Maybe an x-y axis stamp or grid post it notes?
  6. 2016 year in review The best infographics of 2016 or the best mathematics writing of 2016. The first one is out already, but you’ll have to wait until March for that second one.