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Elementary Statistics: A Brief Version 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073386096
ISBN-10: 007338609X
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007338609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073386096
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By felisha on September 20, 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Fan on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C on June 19, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader 4 Him on 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 By DeeJay Dude on November 12, 2013
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Fairly easy to follow - I was able to teach myself stats from this book and get a "B" in college. The chapters are broken into sections and each section has a 30+ question exercises, with an end-of-chapter quiz. You will KNOW stats if you do all of the exercises and take the quizzes.

I haven't had a math class in decades. I took an Algebra course (prior to this course) and came away with success! You will need to brush up on basic Algebra, as some of the formulas look pretty crazy at first glance. As long as you remember your "order of precedence" for calculations, you'll do fine. There are also sections in every chapter that show you, step-by-step, how to use Minitab, TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus and Microsoft Excel to compute the formulas. If nothing else, you'll get more use out of Excel! I've used it for years without knowing all of the commands and macros that I've learned with this book.

Stats was THE hardest class I took for my undergrad and this book got me through it. You can actually teach yourself without a professor or a tutor. Although, a tutor would have come in handy a few times. Thank goodness for YouTube.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on April 6, 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lwars13 on June 28, 2010
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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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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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