Statistics with Common Sense

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Applying statistical results to real life situations can be difficult or futile if you can't be certain what the results actually mean. This reference guide provides readers with the frequently elusive link between statistical results and practical applications. Students will learn the basic concepts and principles of statistics and probability, without getting bogged down in complicated theories and abstractions.

Many statistics texts rely too heavily on mathematical formulas. Kault restores the emphasis to understanding statistical results and using common sense in decision making. Everyday examples bring the concepts to life. In the entry on hypothesis testing, Kault examines how a statistical result incorrectly overruled the common sense of many doctors. A chapter on random variables shows the chance that students will carry cell phones, and a chapter on categorical measurements uses statistics to determine the efficiency of a new treatment for a serious disease. Each chapter ends with questions that will help students further understand important concepts. Useful on its own and perfect as a means of expanding classroom discussions, this book is ideal for high school students or anyone needing to review the basics of statistics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This text for students in high school and up provides readers with a link between statistical results and practical applications, covering basic concepts and principals of statistics and probability without getting bogged down in complicated theories and abstraction."


SciTech Book News

"This is a book which would be a valuable addition to all public libraries as a resource for self-learners and those who wish to review their previous formal knowledge of statistics and consolidate it into real understanding. It also deserves serious consideration as a possible resource for undergraduate and high school courses in statistics. Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; faculty; professionals; two-year technical program students."



"This book is a concise review of the basic concepts of statistics….[I] recommend this book for high school or college statistics instructors."


Mathematics Teacher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313322099
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID KAULT is a medical practitioner and Adjunct Lecturer in Mathematics at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He has taught a number of introductory statistics courses, both general and applied to such areas as environmental science and medicine.

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Table of Contents

Statistics--The Science of Dealing with Variability and Uncertainty

Descriptive Statistics

Basic Probability and Fisher's Exact Test

Discrete Random Variables and Some Statistical Tests Based on Them

Continuous Random Variables and Some Statistical Tests Based on Them

General Issues in Hypothesis Testing

Causality--Interventions and Observational Studies

Categorical Measurements on Two or More Groups

Statistics on More than Two Groups

Miscellaneous Topics

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