What’s better than receiving a stats book in the mail? Receiving TWO!

"Half the weight, half the studying?" - Niklas

I was JUST thinking today, “My old statistics textbook from college is mighty ragged. Maybe I should buy a new one.” Ask, and ye shall receive…two in fact!

Given my propensity to choke during finals, I’m not going to say I’m going to do well in either class this semester.  Rather, the theme of this semester shall be to take a more humble approach, and “whatever be will be.”  And if “whatever” happens to be two SP’s, well, that’s okay too.  I’m not particularly looking forward to using Minitab though; unless it’s been greatly improved since I was in college (possible), it’s a lot more tedious than the tools I’m used to at work.

One disappointment from this set of books is that we received Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation so late.  At 463 pages, it’s unlikely to be read in any significant detail/quantity before we hear Mr. Nilekani speak at the residency.  However, like the Tom Standage book, I expect both the book and the speaker to be phenomenal, and should be one of the highlights of the residency.

Here are the contents of the Semester Three FedEx box:

Administrative:

  • Term 3 Residency Information At-A-Glance
  • Draft of the Term 3 Residency calendar
  • Airport Letter

Academic:

  • Coursepack: 311C Statistical Models – Prof. Luca Rigotti (Pre-Reading)
  • Coursepack: 360C Marketing Management – Prof. Preyas Desai (Pre-reading)
  • Textbook: Managerial Statistics by Kilbanoff, Sandroni, Moselle, and Saraniti
  • Textbook: A Course in Business Statistics by Groebner, Shannon, Fry, and Smith
  • Textbook: A Framework for Marketing Management by Kotler and Keller
  • Book: Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani
  • Pre-reading CD: Statistical Models and Marketing Management

Guess I need to get on that GMI paper pronto.  Semester 3 is here.

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5 comments to What’s better than receiving a stats book in the mail? Receiving TWO!

  • Reading the mention about Nandan Nilekani’s book brought to mind two books which people can use to understand or get the feel of the “real” Mumbai (Bombay), which is my home.

    1. “Shantaram” – Gregory David Roberts (It is an account by an Australian about how he came to Mumbai and stayed. I have read this book and in large parts it reflects life in Mumbai.)
    2. “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta (I have not read this book, but friends who have read it say it is one of the best accounts of life in Mumbai.)

  • Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll check them out!

  • Syed Husain

    Just got my pack, I was surprised how thick the Nandini book was. Where does this guy find the time to write books? I guess being rich helps…

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