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Elementary Statistics: A Brief Version [Paperback]

Allan Bluman
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October 9, 2009 007338609X 978-0073386096 5
"Elementary Statistics: A Brief Version", is a shorter version of the popular text "Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach". This softcover edition includes all the features of the longer book, but it is designed for a course in which the time available limits the number of topics covered. It is for general beginning statistics courses with a basic algebra prerequisite. The book is non-theoretical, explaining concepts intuitively and teaching problem solving through worked examples and step-by-step instructions. This edition places more emphasis on conceptual understanding and understanding results. This edition also features increased emphasis on Excel, MINITAB, and the TI-83 and TI-84. It also features graphing calculators, and computing technologies commonly used in such courses.

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About the Author

Allan G. Bluman is Professor of Mathematics at Community College of Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh. For the McKeesport and New Kensington Campuses of Pennsylvania State University, he has taught teacher-certification and graduate education statistics courses. Prior to his college teaching, he taught mathematics at a junior high school. Professor Bluman received his B.S. from California State College in California, Penn.; his M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh; and, in 1971, his Ed.D., also from the University of Pittsburgh. His major field of study was mathematics education. In addition to Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach, Third Edition, and Elementary Statistics: A Brief Version, the author has published several professional articles and the Modern Math Fun Book (Cuisenaire Publishing Company). He has spoken and presided at national and local mathematics conferences and has served as newsletter editor for the Pennsylvania State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges. He is a member of the American Statistical Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Mathematics Council of Western Pennsylvania. Al Bluman is married and has two children. His hobbies include writing, bicycling, and swimming.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007338609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073386096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed September 20, 2010
By felisha
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Just the book i needed. i was worried it wouldn't come with the disc and formula sheet but it did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed book June 19, 2011
By C.K.N.
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This book was a required course material for my introductory statistics class. When I couldn't understand my class notes, I referred to this book. The author explains everything quite clearly, but any way you cut it, statistics is a dry topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook=Good but Statistics=Bad May 26, 2011
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I didn't want to take statistics, but of course I had to. This book was really helpful for teaching statistics which was great because my professor wasn't. I did almost all of the exercises at the end of each section and chapter, and I ended up with an A in the class. The book has great examples, and I found it cheaper on amazon than at my university bookstore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wow March 24, 2013
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Statistics is no joke. Either you get it or you don't. The book tries to explain it as simply as possible. Good examples and questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hated the class but the book taught me everything! April 6, 2013
By Joshua
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I hated my stats class and my professor was terrible but because of this book i was able to teach myself the lessons and formulas and pass the class. Good book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 28, 2010
By lwars13
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This book was exactly what I needed for my class! I was not dissapointed with it or the service!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid text March 22, 2014
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I was required to get this for doctoral program stats class. I found the book easy to read and the examples extremely helpful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded and Does't Encourage Deep Understanding December 18, 2013
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I'll admit, I had a very bad professor who taught out of this book. That only highlighted this books flaws. Yes, the problems presented in this book are very easy to follow and solve if you follow the examples. Unfortunately, things like when, why, and how you would use x formula instead of y formula are given only little attention. What (mean - sample x) / (standard error) is conceptually and graphically and how it changes from t to z and why. Things could have been compared and contrasted more to help deepen understanding and avoid confusion. This can be amended by a good professor, and should have been done by mine. If you have a challenging professor and you try to use the binomial theorem on a problem where you don't have replacement, it's nice to know why you shouldn't do that mathematically. It almost felt backwards to me. I finally discovered the best way to use this book is to first read the chapter summary- then the examples- then the chapter intro! Do NOT buy this book for self learning if you intend on using for real life applications unless you plan on using many other resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach Yourself Stats! Great book!
Fairly easy to follow - I was able to teach myself stats from this book and get a "B" in college. Read more
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Anyone taking stats this is a very helpful book. The book provides an explanation and many examples for each sections.
Published 12 months ago by Ashley Burr
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but it could be better
I wish that it would show more examples on how to use some of the formulas. Some of the formulas were confusing.
Published 15 months ago by Paula Espinosa
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I absolutely loved this book. I received it in excellent condition for only a fraction of the price that many classmates paid elsewhere. I was definitely impressed!
Published 16 months ago by Amanda Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars CAME RIGHT AWAY!
I am absolutely thrilled and thankful that the book arrived within JUST one and a half day! Just in time for my next class! Thank You. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zyra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition!
I bought this book for my Probability and Statistics class and it arrived in perfect condition! This book actually taught me more than my professor did!
Published 18 months ago by cpirhone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
I was very pleased with the book. It was missing the formula sheet, but it did come with the CD-R disc- This book was almost 50.00 in the book store and I got mines for 13. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brianna :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Student
I am a mature student returning to school after almost 30 years. Although the thought of taking a statistics course frightened the heck out of me, I found this book to be quite... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stats Book
The book communicates the point clearly. It uses relevant examples to convey the author's intent and instruction. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by C. Scott
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