Statistics: A Newcomer's Introduction to the Subject / Edition 1

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Reviewer: Edwin H. Chen, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book covers 26 general topics usually included in an introductory statistics course. About five pages are devoted to each topic. There are no problem sets or reference lists.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to explain why common statistical tests have been developed and to clarify the meaning of statistical terms as a basis for understanding various approaches to problems. These are worthy objectives and are generally accomplished by this text.
Audience: The intended audience is those who are taking a first course in statistics, those who want to keep up with developments in the field, and those who are just curious about how statistics can be useful.
Features: Most chapters address their topics with one example. No problem sets are provided.
Assessment: The book does well in explaining basic concepts, especially from a different perspective, such as presenting an f-test before a t-test. The general terms of null and alternative hypotheses are not mentioned. For hypothesis testing, the book explains only the two-tailed test but no one-tailed test. Other important terms and concepts are also omitted. Thus, the book is valuable only for its targeted readers.
Edwin H. Chen
This book covers 26 general topics usually included in an introductory statistics course. About five pages are devoted to each topic. There are no problem sets or reference lists. The expressed purpose is to explain why common statistical tests have been developed and to clarify the meaning of statistical terms as a basis for understanding various approaches to problems. These are worthy objectives and are generally accomplished by this text. The intended audience is those who are taking a first course in statistics, those who want to keep up with developments in the field, and those who are just curious about how statistics can be useful. Most chapters address their topics with one example. No problem sets are provided. The book does well in explaining basic concepts, especially from a different perspective, such as presenting an f-test before a t-test. The general terms of null and alternative hypotheses are not mentioned. For hypothesis testing, the book explains only the two-tailed test but no one-tailed test. Other important terms and concepts are also omitted. Thus, the book is valuable only for its targeted readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850704201
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The purpose of this book 1
2 Probability and variability 3
3 Samples and populations 7
4 Distribution of a variable quantity 11
5 Variability and how it is measured 15
6 Looking at distributions 21
7 The Normal distribution 29
8 The analysis of variance 35
9 Testing a hypothesis 39
10 Estimation of parameters 43
11 Contrasts 47
12 An excursion into probability theory 51
13 The Binomial distribution 55
14 The Poisson distribution 63
15 The chi-square distribution 69
16 Goodness of fit 73
17 Contingency tables 79
18 Correlation 85
19 Rank correlation 91
20 Regression 95
21 Multiple regression 101
22 Defective data 105
23 Sample surveys 111
24 Some practicalities in surveying 117
25 Principles of experimentation 123
26 A typical experiment 129
Appendix Table A The Normal distribution 138
Appendix Table B Distribution of t 139
Appendix Table C Distribution of F 141
Appendix Table D Distribution of [actual symbol not reproducible] 143
Index 145
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