Michael Milton, the author of Head First Data Analysis, has spent most of his career helping nonprofit organizations improve their fundraising by interpreting and acting on the data they collect from their donors.
He has a degree in philosophy from New College of Florida and one in religious ethics from Yale University. He found reading Head First to be a revelation after spending years reading boring books filled with terribly important stuff and is grateful to have the opportunity to write an exciting book filled with terribly important stuff.
When he's not in the library or the bookstore, you can find him running, taking pictures, and brewing beer.
Webcast - Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel March 24, 2010
Pivot tables let you put together in seconds data summaries that would take forever to create with Excel formulas. That speed gives you the ability to get answers about your data as quickly as you can think up questions for it. Pivot tables are one of...
Webcast: Two Big Data Analysis Tricks for Everyone October 28, 2009
Data analysis skills are critical to staying competitive in the 21st century economy. In this webcast the author of Head First Data Analysis, Michael Milton, provides some useful tips for common data problems that everyone faces.
"This is an excellent book for new users and people taking a refreshment course, especially after Milton removes the fear of learning something new and explains the subject in easy-to-understand, everyday language."
--Vivian Dixon Sober, San Francisco Book Review
"...commended to anyone who wants a sound and effective self-teaching resource. Regardless of which spreadsheet application, this title is well worth examination as a primary learning tool."
--Major Keary, Linux Users of Victoria Inc.
"I think that this is a fine introduction to Data Analysis and Graphics enabling the user of spreadsheets to solve the business, scientific and organizational problems they face that require Data Analysis."
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com
"Michael cuts through the complexity and teaches you to bend Excel to your will."
"If I've been using Excel for over ten years and still found many useful topics, so can you, regardless of your experience level."
"Head First Excel gives you the goods and will help you excel at Excel!"
"The complex subject of data analysis is handled masterfully through a mix of interesting and instructive graphics, interspersed with concise and thought-provoking text. Difficult topics are explained clearly, with numerous examples using Excel and OpenOffice."
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
"Bottom line, Head First Data Analysis is a book that could very well occupy an important spot on your shelf. And when the next argument about how Lotus should increase market share breaks out, you can do more than get emotionally involved. You can point out ways to test out those assumptions and make rational decisions. Wont THAT set you apart from the crowd! "
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings
"This volume will be a valuable educational tool and reference for future generation of business and policy analysts, as well as anyone who must find and communicate the answers to difficult questions based upon numerical and data-based analysis. "
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com