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Statistics For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Statistics For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Deborah J. Rumsey

ISBN: 978-0-470-91108-2

May 2011

384 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Statistics For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9780470911082) is now being published as Statistics For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293521). While this version features an older Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the new release and should not be considered a different product.

The fun and easy way to get down to business with statistics

Stymied by statistics? No fear ? this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show you how these concepts apply to your everyday life.

Statistics For Dummies shows you how to interpret and critique graphs and charts, determine the odds with probability, guesstimate with confidence using confidence intervals, set up and carry out a hypothesis test, compute statistical formulas, and more.

  • Tracks to a typical first semester statistics course
  • Updated examples resonate with today's students
  • Explanations mirror teaching methods and classroom protocol

Packed with practical advice and real-world problems, Statistics For Dummies gives you everything you need to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on-the-job performance.


Part I: Vital Statistics about Statistics.

Chapter 1: Statistics in a Nutshell.

Chapter 2: The Statistics of Everyday Life.

Chapter 3: Taking Control: So Many Numbers, So Little Time.

Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade.

Part II: Number-Crunching Basics.

Chapter 5: Means, Medians, and More.

Chapter 6: Getting the Picture: Graphing Categorical Data.

Chapter 7: Going by the Numbers: Graphing Numerical Data.

Part III: Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem.

Chapter 8: Random Variables and the Binomial Distribution.

Chapter 9: The Normal Distribution.

Chapter 10: The t-Distribution.

Chapter 11: Sampling Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem.

Part IV: Guesstimating and Hypothesizing with Confidence.

Chapter 12: Leaving Room for a Margin of Error.

Chapter 13: Confi dence Intervals: Making Your Best Guesstimate.

Chapter 14: Claims, Tests, and Conclusions.

Chapter 15: Commonly Used Hypothesis Tests: Formulas and Examples.

Part V: Statistical Studies and the Hunt for a Meaningful Relationship.

Chapter 16: Polls, Polls, and More Polls.

Chapter 17: Experiments: Medical Breakthroughs or Misleading Results?

Chapter 18: Looking for Links: Correlation and Regression.

Chapter 19: Two-Way Tables and Independence.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for the Statistically Savvy Sleuth.

Chapter 21: Ten Surefi re Exam Score Boosters.

Appendix: Tables for Reference.


Appendix: Tables for Reference