Statistics for Dummies / Edition 1

ISBN-10: 0764554239

ISBN-13: 9780764554230

Pub. Date: 08/25/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Work through real-world problems

From mean to median to probability – understand the terms and crunch the numbers with ease

Stymied by statistics? No fear – this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show how these concepts apply to your everyday life.

Overview

Work through real-world problems

From mean to median to probability – understand the terms and crunch the numbers with ease

Stymied by statistics? No fear – this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show how these concepts apply to your everyday life. You’ll see how to take the margin of error out of opinion polls and how to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on-the-job performance.

The Dummies Way

• Explanations in plain English
• "Get in, get out" information
• Icons and other navigational aids
• Tear-out cheat sheet
• Top ten lists
• A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

• Interpret and critique graphs and charts
• Determine the odds with probability
• Guesstimate with confidence using confidence intervals
• Set up and carry out a hypothesis test
• Compute statistical formulas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764554230
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.84(d)

Related Subjects

Introduction.

Part I: Vital Statistics about Statistics.

Chapter 1: The Statistics of Everyday Life.

Chapter 2: Statistics Gone Wrong.

Chapter 3: Tools of the Trade.

Part II: Number-Crunching Basics.

Chapter 4: Getting the Picture: Charts and Graphs.

Chapter 5: Means, Medians, and More.

Part III: Determining the Odds.

Chapter 6: What Are the Chances? Understanding Probability.

Chapter 7: Gambling to Win.

Part IV: Wading through the Results.

Chapter 8: Measures of Relative Standing.

Chapter 9: Caution: Sample Results Vary!

Chapter 10: Leaving Room for a Margin of Error.

Part V: Guesstimating with Confidence.

Chapter 11: The Business of Estimation: Interpreting and Evaluating Confidence Intervals.

Chapter 12: Calculating Accurate Confidence Intervals.

Chapter 13: Commonly Used Confidence Intervals: Formulas and Examples.

Part VI: Putting a Claim to the (Hypothesis) Test.

Chapter 14: Claims, Tests, and Conclusions.

Chapter 15: Commonly Used Hypothesis Tests: Formulas and Examples.

Part VII: Statistical Studies: The Inside Scoop.

Chapter 16: Polls, Polls, and More Polls.

Chapter 17: Experiments: Medical Breakthroughs or Misleading Results?

Chapter 18: Looking for Links: Correlations and Associations.

Chapter 19: Statistics and Toothpaste: Quality Control.

Part VIII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Criteria for a Good Survey.

Chapter 21: Ten Common Statistical Mistakes.

Appendix: Sources.

Index.

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