Seeing through Statistics / Edition 2

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This second edition of Jessica Utt's popular book develops statistical literacy and critical thinking through real-world applications, with an emphasis on ideas, not calculations. Utts focuses on two central concepts—uncertainty and data. Ideas are introduced in interesting applied and real contexts, without using an abundance of technicalities and calculations which only serve to confuse students.
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New edition of a text that focuses on the use of statistical methods in the real world and provides examples to emphasize understanding rather than computing statistics. The text includes case studies based on real data, news stories, research summaries, and examples of misuse of statistics; thought questions; and mini-projects. Aimed at instructors, each chapter is intended to be taught in one lecture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534357863
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Statistics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 465
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I: FINDING DATA IN LIFE. 1. The Benefits and Risks of Using Statistics. 2. Reading the News. 3. Measurements, Mistakes and Misunderstandings. 4. How to Get A Good Sample. 5. Experiments and Observational Studies. 6. Getting the Big Picture. PART II: FINDING LIFE IN DATA. 7. Summarizing and Displaying Measurement Data. 8. Bell-Shaped Curves and Other Shapes. 9. Plots, Graphs and Pictures. 10. Relationships Between Measurement Variables. 11. Relationships Can Be Deceiving. 12. Relationships Between Categorical Variables. 13. Reading the Economic News. 14. Understanding and Reporting Trends Over Time. PART III: UNDERSTANDING UNCERTAINTY IN LIFE. 15. Understanding Probability and Long-Term Expectations. 16. Psychological Influences On Personal Probability. 17. When Intuition Differs from Relative Frequency. PART IV: MAKING JUDGEMENTS FROM SURVEYS AND EXPERIMENTS. 18. The Diversity of Samples from the Same Population. 19. Estimating Proportions with Confidence. 20. The Role of Confidence Intervals in Research. 21. Rejecting Chance-Testing Hypothesis in Research. 22. Hypothesis Testing-Examples and Case Studies. 23. Significance, Importance and Undetected Differences. 24. Meta-Analysis: Resolving Inconsistencies Across Studies. 25. Putting What You Have Learned to the Test. Solutions to Selected Exercises. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Real-World Statistical Experiences!

    Dr. Utts uses a practical approach to explaining the underlying principles behind true-to-life examples of statistics. This text is well-written and emphasizes understanding rather than memorization and recitation of formulas. Great for students with math anxiety and those who are looking for a common-sense approach. Utts uses multiple real-world situations that help the reader understand the 'whys' to each statistical problem. Highly recommended as a supplement to 'math-intensive' textbooks. The second edition has kept the material up to date and relevant. Supported with online supplementary materials. Wonderful for adult students returning to school.

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