Introduction to Statistics Through Resampling Methods and R/S-PLUS / Edition 1

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Stimulate learning through discovery

With its emphasis on the discovery method, this book allows readers to discover solutions on their own rather than simply copy answers or apply a formula by rote. Readers will quickly master and learn to apply statistical methods, such as bootstrap, decision trees, and permutations, to better characterize, report, test, and classify their research findings. In addition to traditional methods, specialized methods are covered, allowing readers to select and apply the most effective method for their research, including:

  • Tests and estimation procedures for one, two, and multiple samples
  • Model building
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Complex experimental design

Throughout the text, the R programming language is used to illustrate new concepts and assist readers in completing exercises. Readers may download the freely available R programming language from the Internet or take advantage of the menu-driven S-PLUS® program.

Written in an informal, highly accessible style, this text is an excellent guide to descriptive statistics, estimation, testing hypotheses, and model building. All the pedagogical tools needed to facilitate quick learning are provided:

  • More than two hundred exercises scattered throughout the text stimulate readers' thinking and actively engage them in applying their newfound skills
  • Companion FTP site provides access to all data sets and programs discussed in the text
  • Dozens of thought-provoking questions in the final chapter, Problem Solving, assist readers in applying statistics to address real-life problems
  • Instructor's manual provides answers to exercises
  • Helpful appendices include an introduction to S-PLUS® features

This text serves as an excellent introduction to statistics for students in all disciplines. The accessible style and focus on real-life problem solving are perfectly suited for both students and practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…easy to read and provides many interesting examples." (The American Statistician, November 2006)

"This is certainly one of the most impressive little paperback 200-page introductory statistics books that I will ever see…it would make a good nightstand book for every statistician." (Technometrics, May 2006)

"Good, a well-published statistical expert, is adept at introducing new ideas with well-structured scenarios, nicely illustrating his points, and presenting them in an effective, conversational tone." (CHOICE, January 2006)

"I would recommend this book to readers new to statistics, practitioners who lack the basics of statistical estimation and hypothesis, and students who need a side reference…" (MAA Reviews, January 3, 2006)

" … clearly written and ha(s) a very informal style that is pleasant to read, making the text accessible to the many." (Significance: Vol. 3, 2)

"…the books have plenty of wise advice for the application of statistics…" (Bulletin of Mathematical Biology ,2007)

‘…a very good introduction to statistics and focuses on the variety of problems which will be of interest to students in different disciplines.’ (Statistical Papers,48, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471715757
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/13/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILLIP I. GOOD, PHD, is Operations Manager of Information Research, a consulting firm specializing in statistical solutions for private and public organizations. He has published more than thirty scholarly works, more than 600 articles, and fourteen books, including Common Errors in Statistics (and How to Avoid Them) and A Manager's Guide to the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, both from Wiley.
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Table of Contents


1. Variation.

1.1 Variation.

1.2. Collecting Data.

1.3. Summarizing Your Data.

1.4. Types of Data.

1.5. Reporting Your Results.

1.6. Measures of Location.

1.7. Samples and Populations.

1.8. Variation— Within and Between.

1.9. Summary and Review.

2. Probability.

2.1. Probability.

2.2. Binomial.

2.3. Condition Probability.

2.4. Independence.

2.5. Applications to Genetics.

2.6. Summary and Review.

3. Distributions.

3.1. Distribution of Values.

3.2. Discrete Distributions.

3.3. Continuous Distributions.

3.4. Properties of Independence Observations.

3.5. Testing A Hypothesis.

3.6. Estimating Effect Size.

3.7 Summary and Review.

4. Testing Hypotheses.

4.1. One-Sample Problems.

4.2. Comparing Two Samples.

4.3. Which Test Should e Use?

4.4. Summary and Review.

5. Designing an Experiment or Survey.

5.1. The Hawthorne Effect.

5.2. Designing an Experiment or Survey.

5.3. How Large a Sample.

5.4. Meta-Analysis.

5.5. Summary and Review.

6. Analyzing Complex Experiments.

6.1. Changes Measured in Percentages.

6.2. Comparing More Than Two Samples.

6.3. Equalizing Variances.

6.4. Categorical Data.

6.5. Multivariate Analysis.

6.6. Summary and Review.

7. Developing Models.

7.1. Models.

7.2. Regression.

7.3. Fitting a Regression Equation.

7.4. Problems with Regression.

7.5 Quantile Regression.

7.6. Validation.

7.7 Classification and Regression Trees.

7.8 Summary and Review.

8. Reporting Your Findings.

8.1. What to Report.

8.2. Text, Tables, of Graph?

8.3. Summarizing Your Results.

8.4 Reporting Analysis Results.

8.5 Exceptions are the Real Story.

9. Problem Solving.

9.1. Real Life Problems.

9.2. Problem Sets.

9.3. Solutions.

Appendix: S-PLUS.

Answers to Selected Exercises.

Subject Index.

Index to R Functions.

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