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Overview

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF LEARNING STATISTICS

Now anyone with an interest in mastering statistics can do so — without formal training, unlimited time, or a private tutor. In Statistics Demystified, best-selling science and math writer Stan Gibilisco provides an effective, anxiety-soothing, and totally painless way to learn or review statistics fundamentals.

With Statistics Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time — at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter and part to help expose potential weaknesses, and a 100-question "final exam" to reinforce what you learned.

If you want to build or refresh your understanding of statistics, here's a fast and entertaining self-teaching course that's specially designed to reduce anxiety. Get ready to:

* Absorb statistics jargon and notation

* Figure odds in games of chance and other situations using probability principles

* Understand randomness and uncertainty

* Discover the right ways to obtain data and mine it for meaning

* Create and interpret tables and graphs

* Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

Statistics Demystified is a great springboard for more- advanced and more-specific statistics courses and subjects. Let it be your direct route to learning or brushing up on this essential topic.

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his electronics books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in mathematics and research makes him an ideal editor for professional handbooks. He is the author of the TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference" of 1996.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071431187
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/21/2004
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his electronics books accessible to a wide audience, and his background in mathematics and research makes him an ideal editor for professional handbooks. He is the author of the TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing a "Best Reference" of 1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 Statistical Concepts 1
Chapter 1 Background Math 3
Sets 3
Relations and Functions 7
Numbers 12
One-Variable Equations 17
Simple Graphs 20
Tweaks, Trends, and Correlation 25
Quiz 32
Chapter 2 Learning the Jargon 35
Experiments and Variables 35
Populations and Samples 38
Distributions 41
More Definitions 47
Quiz 60
Chapter 3 Basics of Probability 63
The Probability Fallacy 63
Key Definitions 65
Properties of Outcomes 70
Permutations and Combinations 79
The Density Function 82
Two Common Distributions 86
Quiz 91
Chapter 4 Descriptive Measures 94
Percentiles 94
Quartiles and Deciles 102
Intervals by Element Quantity 106
Fixed Intervals 111
Other Specifications 117
Quiz 121
Test: Part One 125
Part 2 Statistics in Action 141
Chapter 5 Sampling and Estimation 143
Source Data and Sampling Frames 143
Random Sampling 148
Estimation 155
Confidence Intervals 161
Quiz 169
Chapter 6 Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression 171
Assumptions and Testing 171
What's the Forecast? 178
Regression 185
Quiz 196
Chapter 7 Correlation, Causation, Order, and Chaos 200
Correlation Principles 200
Causes and Effects 208
Chaos, Bounds, and Randomness 215
Quiz 230
Chapter 8 Some Practical Problems 234
Frequency Distributions 234
Variance and Standard Deviation 244
Probability 249
Data Intervals 254
Sampling and Estimation 260
Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression 264
Correlation and Causation 268
Quiz 271
Test: Part Two 276
Final Exam 296
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions 326
Suggested Additional References 329
Index 331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Makes complicated stuff easy

    In my profession, have to work with statistics from time to time (too often). I've always had trouble with it, especially graphs and charts. This book is helping me understand things that have always confused me. There are plenty of graphs, clearly drawn and well explained. The first chapter, 'Background Math,' was especially helpful as a mini-refresher course. So far, I have found the material amazingly simple. I think everybody should read this book (and take all the tests!) before attempting a hard-core statistics course. After I am done with this book, I plan to tackle 'Advanced Statistics Demystified' and 'Business Statistics Demystified.'

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