This is a book about the ideas that drive statistics. It is an ideal primer for students who need an introduction to the concepts of statistics without the added confusion of technical jargon and mathematical language.
It introduces the intuitive thinking behind standard procedures, explores the process of informal reasoning, and uses conceptual frameworks to provide a foundation for students new to statistics. It showcases the expertise we have all developed from living in a data saturated society, increases our statistical literacy and gives us the tools needed to approach statistical mathematics with confidence.
Key topics include:
- Standard Distributions
An engaging, informal introduction this book sets out the conceptual tools required by anyone undertaking statistical procedures for the first time or for anyone needing a fresh perspective whilst studying the work of others.
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About the Author
David J Bartholomew was a professor of statistics at the London School of Economics. He is now retired.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Before We BeginChapter 1: Picturing VariabilityChapter 2: Interpreting VariabilityChapter 3: Three Standard DistributionsChapter 4: Summarising VariationChapter 5: The Analysis of VariationChapter 6: CovariationChapter 7: SamplingChapter 8: Introduction to the Ideas of InferenceChapter 9: Sampling Distributions and More on InferenceChapter 10: Inference about AveragesChapter 11: Binary DataChapter 12: Goodness of fitChapter 13: Unobserved VariablesChapter 14: RetrospectApendix