Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown / Edition 4

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534372828
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Roxy Peck has been a professor in the Department of Statistics at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo since 1979, serving for six years as Chair and currently in her fourth year as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Peck has been very active in the field of statistics education. She is the co-author, with Dr. Jay Devore, of the fourth edition of STATISTICS: THE EXPLORATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA, a widely used and highly regarded textbook for introductory statistics. She is also co-author of INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS and co-editor of STATISTICAL CASE STUDIES: A COLLABORATION BETWEEN ACADEME AND INDUSTRY. She currently serves as the chair of the ASA's Section on Statistical Education and is a member of the joint ASA/NCTM Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12. Additionally, Roxy was the editor of the new edition of STATISTICS: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN. This book contains 25 essays that showcase the use of statistics in a wide variety of disciplines.

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Table of Contents

1. PUBLIC POLICY. Statistics in the Courtroom: United States vs. Kristen Gilbert. The Anatomy of a Pre-Election Poll. Counting and Apportionment: Foundations of America's Democracy. Evaluating School Choice Programs. Designing National Health Care Surveys. 2. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Monitoring Tiger Prey Abundance. Predicting the Africanized Bee Invasion of the United States. Statistics and the War on Spam. Should You Measure Your Home's Radon Concentration? Statistical Weather Forecasting. Space Debris: Yet Another Environmental Problem. 3. BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE. Modeling an Outbreak of Anthrax. The Last Front—Understanding the Human Mind. Leveraging Chance in HIV Research. Statistical Genetics: Associating Genotypic Differences with Measurable Outcomes. DNA Fingerprinting. How Many Genes? 4. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. To Catch a Thief—Detecting Cell Phone Fraud. Reducing Junk Mail Using Data Mining Techniques. Improving the Accuracy of a Newspaper —A Six Sigma Case Study. Assuring Product Reliability and Safety. Randomness in the Stock Market. Advertising as an Engineering Science. 5. HOBBIES AND RECREATION. Baseball Decision Making by the Numbers. Predicting the Quality and Price of Bordeaux Wines.

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