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Oliver Mayor

When I saw this, I started translating the Japanese promo cover for language practice, but I finished I figured I might as well post it here. Here is my pretty literal translation of the whole thing, along with the phonetic transcriptions. Please excuse the roughness; I'm just a beginner-intermediate learner.

Nambaa Sensu
Number Sense

Biggu Deita no uso wo minugu
Seeing through lies of Big Data

Dokei Riterashii" no mi ni tsuke kata
How to have* "Statistical Literacy"
(*lit: wear)

カイザー・ファング 著
Kaisaa Fangu-cho
Kaiser Fung, author

矢羽野 薫 訳
Yahano Kaoru wake
Yahano Kaoru - transl.
(This might not be the right reading of the translator's name... apologies if so!)

YABAI Dokeigaku chosha
author of Bad Statistics*
*the Japanese title of Numbers Rule Your World

yononaka okashina bunseki
The whole world is covered with weird* analysis
*おかしい has broad connotations that include funny, bogus, strangely off

- resutoran no shuukyaku ni kuupon wa yakudatsu?
Do coupons help to increase patronage of restaurants?

shitsukyouritsu no sougen wo jikkan dekinai no wa naze?
Why can't we get a real sense of the fluctuations of unemployment?*
* a little shaky on this one

DAETTO dekiru ka dou ka wa doukei shidai?
Is whether diets work or not dependent on statistics?*
* not really sure about my translation on this one! I'll ask some actual Japanese people.

The last words in the image are just CCCxメディアハウス = CCCxMediaHouse.

I certainly welcome corrections from native Japanese speakers/more advanced learners!


Oliver: Thanks for your detailed translation! Another reader wrote me to confirm that the title roughly says "Number Sense- How to equip a "Statistical Literacy" which reveals (see through) the lies of Big Data."
Just for fun, I tried Google Translate: Number sense,
I see through the lies of Big Data,
And how wearing of "statistical literacy." At least you beat the machine!

Personal Injury Lawyer Eagle Pass

This was an excellent read. It gave me a unique perspective on the everyday tools that can be used by following the book's examples. It is definitely one of the best informative and interesting books I have read. I am looking forward to Fung's next book to come!

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