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This collection of intriguing essays describes important applications of statistics and probability in many fields. Instead of teaching methods, the essays illustrate past accomplishments and current uses of statistics and probability. Surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and observational studies are also presented to help the student better understand the importance of the influence of statistics on each topic covered within the separate essays. The overarching goal of Statistics: A Guide To The Unknown is to demonstrate the wide use and importance of statistics through an integrated set of case studies that are readable, interesting, and meaningful to the general public.
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Table of Contents

Essays Classified by Data Sources 16
Essays Classified by Statistical Tools 19
Part 1 Our Biologic World
Health and Sickness
The Biggest Public Health Experiment Ever: The 1954 Field Trial of the Salk Poliomyelitis Vaccine 3
Safety of Anesthetics 15
The Metro Firm Trials and Ongoing Patient Randomization 25
A Health Insurance Experiment 31
Cigarette Price, Smoking, and Excise Tax Policy 41
People and Animals
Does Inheritance Matter in Disease? 53
The Plight of the Whales 60
The Importance of Being Human 68
Part 2 Our Political World
Statistical Proof of Employment Discrimination 79
Statistics in Jury Selection: How to Avoid Unfavorable Jurors 87
Measuring the Effects of Social Innovations by Means of Time Series 93
Election Night on Television 104
Part 3 Our Social World
Communicating with Others
Deciding Authorship 115
Children's Recall of Pictorial Information 126
The Meaning of Words 132
The Sizes of Things 142
People at Work
How Accountants Save Money By Sampling 151
Preliminary Evaluation of a New Food Product 161
Statistical Determination of Numerical Color Tolerances 170
People at School and Play
Making Essay Test Scores Fairer With Statistics 178
Statistics, Sports, and Some Other Things 188
Counting People and Their Goods
The Consumer Price Index 198
How To Count Better: Using Statistics to Improve the Census 208
How the Nation's Employment and Unemployment Estimates Are Made 218
The Development and Analysis of Economic Indicators 227
Part 4 Our Physical World
Optimization and the Traveling Salesman Problem 241
Estimating the Chances of Large Earthquakes by Radiocarbon Dating and Statistical Modeling 249
Very Short Range Weather Forecasting Using Automated Observations 261
Statistics, the Sun, and the Stars 268
Acknowledgments 275
Index 276
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