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Wouldn't it be great if there were a statistics book that made histograms, probability distributions, and chi square analysis more enjoyable than going to the dentist? Head First Statistics brings this typically dry subject to life, teaching you everything you want and need to know about statistics through engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking material, full of puzzles, stories, quizzes, visual aids, and real-world examples.

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Wouldn't it be great if there were a statistics book that made histograms, probability distributions, and chi square analysis more enjoyable than going to the dentist? Head First Statistics brings this typically dry subject to life, teaching you everything you want and need to know about statistics through engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking material, full of puzzles, stories, quizzes, visual aids, and real-world examples.

Whether you're a student, a professional, or just curious about statistical analysis, Head First's brain-friendly formula helps you get a firm grasp of statistics so you can understand key points and actually use them. Learn to present data visually with charts and plots; discover the difference between taking the average with mean, median, and mode, and why it's important; learn how to calculate probability and expectation; and much more.

Head First Statistics is ideal for high school and college students taking statistics and satisfies the requirements for passing the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam. With this book, you'll:

  • Study the full range of topics covered in first-year statistics
  • Tackle tough statistical concepts using Head First's dynamic, visually rich format proven to stimulate learning and help you retain knowledge
  • Explore real-world scenarios, ranging from casino gambling to prescription drug testing, to bring statistical principles to life
  • Discover how to measure spread, calculate odds through probability, and understand the normal, binomial, geometric, and Poisson distributions
  • Conduct sampling, use correlation and regression, do hypothesis testing, perform chi square analysis, and more

Before you know it, you'll not only have mastered statistics, you'll also see how they work in the real world. Head First Statistics will help you pass your statistics course, and give you a firm understanding of the subject so you can apply the knowledge throughout your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527587
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/2008
  • Series: Head First Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 718
  • Sales rank: 1,431,953
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university. She was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, and was offered a university scholarship to undertake a PhD studying particularly rare breeds of differential equations. She moved away from academia when she realized that people would stop talking to her at parties, and went on to pursue a career in software development instead. She currently combines IT consultancy with writing and mathematics.

When Dawn's not working on Head First books, you'll find her honing her Tai Chi skills, making bobbin lace or cooking nice meals. She hasn't yet mastered the art of doing all three at the same time.

She also enjoys traveling, and spending time with her lovely husband, David.

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Table of Contents

  • Advance Praise for Head First Statistics
  • Praise for other Head First books
  • Author of Head First Statistics
  • How to use this Book: Intro
  • Chapter 1: Visualizing Information: First Impressions
  • Chapter 2: Measuring Central Tendency: The Middle Way
  • Chapter 3: Measuring Variability and Spread: Power Ranges
  • Chapter 4: Calculating Probabilities: Taking Chances
  • Chapter 5: Using Discrete Probability Distributions: Manage Your Expectations
  • Chapter 6: Permutations and Combinations: Making Arrangements
  • Chapter 7: Geometric, Binomial, and Poisson Distributions: Keeping Things Discrete
  • Chapter 8: Using the Normal Distribution: Being Normal
  • Chapter 9: Using the Normal Distribution ii: Beyond Normal
  • Chapter 10: Using Statistical Sampling: Taking Samples
  • Chapter 11: Estimating Populations and Samples: Making Predictions
  • Chapter 12: Constructing Confidence Intervals: Guessing with Confidence
  • Chapter 13: Using Hypothesis Tests: Look At The Evidence
  • Chapter 14: The χ2 Distribution: There’s Something Going On...
  • Chapter 15: Correlation and Regression: What’s My Line?
  • Leftovers: The Top Ten Things (we didn’t cover)
  • Statistics Tables: Looking Things Up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Good introduction for those afraid of math

    If you need to understand the basics of statistics and statistical concepts, but are terrified of math, then this is probably the book you need to check out. This book moves slowly through basic statistical concepts, using lots of pictures, graphs, and diagrams to make the explanation more meaningful. Again, if mathematics doesn't scare you, you'll be quickly bored by this book. But for those who are scared of math, this is a perfect book to help navigate the world of statistics.

    While this book doesn't cover a huge number of concepts (e.g. ANOVA is not covered at all), those it does cover are done well. When complete, the reader should have a good understanding of data visualization, basic statistics (mean, median, mode), the most common sampling distributions, regression analysis, and common parametric tests (including tests based off the normal and chi-square distribution).

    All in all, I think this book will be entertaining for most readers, and the material is presented in a way that is engaging and relevant. Most statistics students are naturally confused when discussing probability distributions, but this book presents it in the context of Las Vegas, which makes it much more understandable for the average reader.

    While not for everyone, this is a good introductory statistics book that makes difficult concepts much easier to understand. If you have a degree in statistics or are otherwise well-versed in the subject, you likely won't find what you're looking for here. However, those without math-based college degrees will find a fun read and good introduction to the subject of statistics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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