Statistics Demystified / Edition 1

Statistics Demystified / Edition 1

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by Stan Gibilisco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071431187

ISBN-13: 9780071431187

Pub. Date: 05/21/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071431187
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
05/21/2004
Series:
Demystified Series
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1Statistical Concepts1
Chapter 1Background Math3
Sets3
Relations and Functions7
Numbers12
One-Variable Equations17
Simple Graphs20
Tweaks, Trends, and Correlation25
Quiz32
Chapter 2Learning the Jargon35
Experiments and Variables35
Populations and Samples38
Distributions41
More Definitions47
Quiz60
Chapter 3Basics of Probability63
The Probability Fallacy63
Key Definitions65
Properties of Outcomes70
Permutations and Combinations79
The Density Function82
Two Common Distributions86
Quiz91
Chapter 4Descriptive Measures94
Percentiles94
Quartiles and Deciles102
Intervals by Element Quantity106
Fixed Intervals111
Other Specifications117
Quiz121
Test: Part One125
Part 2Statistics in Action141
Chapter 5Sampling and Estimation143
Source Data and Sampling Frames143
Random Sampling148
Estimation155
Confidence Intervals161
Quiz169
Chapter 6Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression171
Assumptions and Testing171
What's the Forecast?178
Regression185
Quiz196
Chapter 7Correlation, Causation, Order, and Chaos200
Correlation Principles200
Causes and Effects208
Chaos, Bounds, and Randomness215
Quiz230
Chapter 8Some Practical Problems234
Frequency Distributions234
Variance and Standard Deviation244
Probability249
Data Intervals254
Sampling and Estimation260
Hypotheses, Prediction, and Regression264
Correlation and Causation268
Quiz271
Test: Part Two276
Final Exam296
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions326
Suggested Additional References329
Index331

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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.'