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Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials [With CDROM] 3 Pap/Cdr Edition

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ISBN-10: 1607951630
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About the Author

Geoffrey Norman PhD Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario David Streiner PhD Assistant Vice President, Research Director Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Baycreat Centre of Geriatric Care Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: People's Medical Publishing House; 3 Pap/Cdr edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607951630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607951636
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book explains statistics in an entertaining way, altough, you must need to know some math to understand it better, the way the authors write is funny and is good for learning and teaching at the same time.
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I did learn some statistics from this book, but I found Rosner's Fundamentals of Biostatistics to be more useful and easier to understand.

Pros:
- They do a decent job of explaining some difficult concepts

Cons:
- If you don't like textbooks that try to liven-up dry subject matter with humor, then you will hate this book. These guys go overboard.
- The humor is mostly crude and I found it distracting more than anything.
- Often times they will introduce a formula, then give no example of it being used. Rosner does a good job of following up formulas and concepts with well written examples.
- I often spent a lot of time trying to grasp a topic in this book, only to find, when I opened up Rosner, I could figure it out quickly.
- Lots of unnecessary writing (mostly related to their attempts at humor)

Intuitive Biostatistics by Motolsky is also good if you are only interested in learning broad concepts. It does not delve into the math.
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The book is simple minded and easy to understand without the complicated math. But there are two versions of the book. One comes with a bonus disk with SPSS. The other does not come with any disk at all. So you have to be sure you know what you are getting. Unfortunately I wanted the bonus disk with SPSS but I got the book without it. So I am stuck.
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I had to buy this book for a biostats class in pharmacy school. It does a decent job explaining concepts, but sometimes it was hard to follow. Honestly, I really didn't care for the crude humor. I don't mind those kinds of jokes, but they were just awkward, not funny. My teacher found many other subjects to use as analogies to explain concepts, but apparently this guy thought it would be "cool" to talk about penises all the time (no joke). It's fine if you want to joke about that kind of stuff when you're at a bar with good friends, but not in a textbook that's used in professional programs.
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Love this book! I have used this more than any other statistics texts on my shelf! Arrived in excellent condition, in the time frame promised. The disc enclosed cannot be used with a Mac computer, however.
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I teach biostatistics. When I was in graduate school this book was a godsend to me and was THE source I referred to over and over (and still do). Then again, I was a graduate student in Epidemiology. This book is different. It is funny and incredibly irreverent. For some people it might be a good thing, but for others, they may be offended. I think it is a great book, but not always the easiest either for new students of statistics. I think to get the maximum benefit from this book, you should have some statistical background already. Also, I ordered the book with SPSS for my class. This disk has posed a tremendous amount of trouble for my students. Some of them needed patches, others couldn't get it to work. There is almost NO help for this which caused a great deal of frustration for about 3 weeks. I recommend getting the student grad pack separately from SPSS, rather than using this disk with the book.

For those starting out in statistics, I'd recommend Urdin's book "Statistics in Plain English" as this book may overwhelm the novice.
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The authors describe stats in a very humorous and unique way keeping my attention as I read through what is a potentially very dry subject. Some examples are using z-score test to see if a product such as "mangro" is statistically significant in growing you know what and using ANOVA to compare various condom brands to see if anything is statistically significant. The authors have some sort of sick humor, but it gets the point across and keeps me up as I read it. My only negative about the book is I would like to have more example problems in the back that I could work out. There are some at the end of every chapter, but only about 5. To really get some of these complex statistical tests down, I felt I needed a bigger variety of tests.
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This book is a rare perl in a field known for its dryness and impenetrability. Not only is it short, very practical and very understandable, it is also one of few statistical titles where you will find yourself laughing out loud every few pages. Amazing and delightful!
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