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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.
|Part 1||Statistical Concepts||1|
|Chapter 1||Background Math||3|
|Relations and Functions||7|
|Tweaks, Trends, and Correlation||25|
|Chapter 2||Learning the Jargon||35|
|Experiments and Variables||35|
|Populations and Samples||38|
|Chapter 3||Basics of Probability||63|
|The Probability Fallacy||63|
|Properties of Outcomes||70|
|Permutations and Combinations||79|
|The Density Function||82|
|Two Common Distributions||86|
|Chapter 4||Descriptive Measures||94|
|Quartiles and Deciles||102|
|Intervals by Element Quantity||106|
|Test: Part One||125|
|Part 2||Statistics in Action||141|
|Chapter 5||Sampling and Estimation||143|
|Source Data and Sampling Frames||143|
|Chapter 6||Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression||171|
|Assumptions and Testing||171|
|What's the Forecast?||178|
|Chapter 7||Correlation, Causation, Order, and Chaos||200|
|Causes and Effects||208|
|Chaos, Bounds, and Randomness||215|
|Chapter 8||Some Practical Problems||234|
|Variance and Standard Deviation||244|
|Sampling and Estimation||260|
|Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression||264|
|Correlation and Causation||268|
|Test: Part Two||276|
|Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions||326|
|Suggested Additional References||329|
Posted June 11, 2004
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.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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