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The Tao of Statistics: A Path to Understanding (With No Math) provides a new approach to statistics in plain English. Unlike other introductions to statistics, this text explains what statistics mean and how they are used, rather than how to calculate them. The book walks readers through basic concepts, as well as some of the most complex statistical models in use. Professionals and college students who want to be informed about statistics but do not want to spend a lot of time learning to how compute them should not be without this volume.
Introduction The Beginning-The Question Ambiguity-Statistics Fodder-Data Data-Measurement Data Structure-Levels of Measurement Nominal Ordinal Interval Ratio Simplifying-Groups & Clusters Counts-Frequencies Pictures-Graphs Scatterings-Distributions Bell Shaped-The Normal Curve Lopsidedness-Skewness Averages-Central Tendencies Mean Median Mode Two Types-Descriptive & Inferential Foundations-Assumptions Wiggle-Room-Robustness Consistency-Reliability Truth-Validity Unpredictable-Random Precision-Sampling Mistakes-Error Real or Not-Outliers Impediments-Confounds Nuisances-Covariates Background-Independent Variables Targets-Dependent Variables Inequality-Standard Deviations & Variance Prove-No, Falsify No Difference-The Null Hypothesis Reductionism-Models Risk-Probability Uncertainty-p Values Expectations-Chi-Square Importance vs. Difference-Substantive vs. Statistical Difference Strength-Power Likely Range-Confidence Intervals Association-Correlation Predictions-Multiple Regression Abundance-Multivariate Analyses Differences-t Tests & Analysis of Variance ANOVA ANCOVA MANOVA MANCOVA Differences That Matter-Discriminant Analyses Both Sides Loaded-Canonical Covariance Analysis Nesting-Hierarchical Models Cohesion-Factor Analysis Ordered Events-Path Analysis Digging Deeper-Structural Equation Models Fiddling-Modifications & New Techniques Epilogue
Posted March 2, 2009
as this book covers nearly everything that one would be introduced to in an intro to stats course, i would recommend it to anyone who has signed up for such a course. well worth the price.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2007
The earlier review does not capture the essence of other published and online reviews - which are typically 5 stars. One reviewer (who gave it 5 stars and the title 'This Book Works!') said: 'I am a young professor who teaches statistics to sociology and nursing majors at a Washington, DC area university. 'The Tao of Statistics' was the first book of which I ever received an unsolicited evaluation copy. I am so glad I did. After I made this book required reading grades have risen among the students who actually read it. The most telling incident was when I over heard the captain of one of the athletic teams telling several teammates in the class, 'Dude, you gotta read this book. It explains it all.' If you are an instructor, require this book. If you are a student get a copy and read it.' The reviewer even gave his name. If you are interested in learning what statistics mean and understanding how they are used, please read others¿ reviews for a more complete perspective of the book's value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2007
The promotion reads that the book will explain what statistics mean and how they are used. Just barely. It did not help me better understand statistics. The author does a good job identifying terms and putting them in sequence which is useful, but that's pretty much it. Especially at this price, I would not recommend this book regardless of your experience with statistics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.