Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are (Paperback)

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If you listen to NPR or The New York Times, you’ve surely heard Stephens-Davidowitz talk about Big Data. You’re probably well aware of his often-profiled work on racism and sexual habits. He makes short work of how surveys over and under report compared to Google searches, and calms readers that in fact we can discount Facebook when worrying that are friends are smarter, more sophisticated, and wealthier than we are. But data can do way more than that – it can explain our undying fanhood for sports teams and our political affiliations. And while winning the lottery does, long-term, make people happier (defying my pronouncements), the real story is that if you’re best option if your next-door neighbor wins the lottery is to move; otherwise you have a larger-than-normal chance of declaring bankruptcy. Folks like me who like data-driven economics and behavioral psychology books will enjoy Everybody Lies, a book is always insightful, and when the topic allows it, is also laugh-out-loud funny.

— Daniel Goldin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062390868
ISBN-10: 0062390864
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English