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KEY MESSAGE: The Tenth Edition of this highly-regarded introductory text emphasizes inference and sound decision-making through its extensive coverage of data collection and analysis. McClave develops statistical thinking and teaches readers to properly assess the credibility of inferences-from the vantage point of both the consumer and the producer. This edition incorporates more exercises and more visual features, such as redesigned end-of-chapter summaries and an increased use of applets. This text assumes a mathematical background of basic algebra.
KEY TOPICS: Statistics, Data, and Statistical Thinking; Methods for Describing Sets of Data; Probability (from McClave 11e-Chap 3); Random Variables and Probability Distributions; Inferences Based on a Single Sample: Estimation with Confidence Intervals; Inferences Based on a Single Sample: Tests of Hypothesis; Comparing Population Means; Comparing Population Proportions; Simple Linear Regression
MARKET: For all readers interested in statistics.
|Ch. 1||Statistics, Data, and Statistical Thinking||1|
|Ch. 2||Methods for Describing Sets of Data||21|
|Ch. 4||Random Variables and Probability Distributions||145|
|Ch. 5||Inferences Based on a Single Sample: Estimation with Confidence Intervals||209|
|Ch. 6||Inferences Based on a Single Sample: Tests of Hypothesis||245|
|Ch. 7||Comparing Population Means||287|
|Ch. 8||Comparing Population Proportions||361|
|Ch. 9||Simple Linear Regression||399|
|App. A: Tables||469|
|App. B: Data Sets||493|
|App. C: Calculation Formulas for Analysis of Variance: Independent Sampling||501|
|Answers to Selected Odd-Numbered Exercises||505|
This eighth edition of A First Course in Statistics is an introductory text emphasizing inference, with extensive coverage of data collection and analysis as needed to evaluate the reported results of statistical studies and make good decisions. As in earlier editions, the text stresses the development of statistical thinking, the assessment of credibility and value of the inferences made from data, both by those who consume and those who produce them. This one-semester text covers basic statistical and probability topics through simple linear regression. It assumes a mathematical background of basic algebra.
We have maintained the pedagogical features of A First Course in Statistics that we believe make it unique among introductory statistics texts. These features, which assist the student in achieving an overview of statistics and an understanding of its relevance in the social and life sciences, business, and everyday life, are as follows: