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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.