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Elementary Statistics (11th Edition) Hardcover – January 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0321500243 ISBN-10: 0321500245 Edition: 11th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 11 edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321500245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321500243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mario F. Triola is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he has taught statistics for over 30 years. Marty is the author of Essentials of Statistics, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, Elementary Statistics Using the Graphing Calculator, and he is a co-author of Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life and Business Statistics. He has written several manuals and workbooks for technology supporting statistics education. Outside of the classroom, Marty has been a speaker at many conferences and colleges. His consulting work includes the design of casino slot machines and fishing rods, and he has worked with attorneys in determining probabilities in paternity lawsuits, identifying salary inequities based on gender, analyzing disputed election results, analyzing medical data, and analyzing medical school surveys. Marty has testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Mario F. Triola a "Texty" for Excellence for his work on Elementary Statistics.

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Mario F. Triola is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he has taught statistics for over 30 years. In addition to this text, Marty is the author of Elementary Statistics, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, Essentials of Statistics, and he is a co-author of Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life and Business Statistics. He has written several manuals and workbooks for technology supporting statistics education. Outside of the classroom, Marty has been a speaker at many conferences and colleges. His consulting work includes the design of casino slot machines and fishing rods, and he has worked with attorneys in determining probabilities in paternity lawsuits, identifying salary inequities based on gender, analyzing disputed election results, analyzing medical data, and analyzing medical school surveys. Marty has testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Mario F. Triola a "Texty" for Excellence for his work on Elementary Statistics.

Customer Reviews

Good book and very helpful for any statistics class.
Scuddle
And it's not just a slip-up in the narrative text: The formula presented in the highlighted box is incorrect.
Gregory Quenell
I was very happy when I recieved this book so quickly!
Fen Qiu

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Quenell on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Our department has used Triola's statistics book for our large,
multi-section baby stats course for at least the past six years, and
it was through simple inertia that we adopted the 11th edition. Using
the earlier editions, I had almost begun to like Triola's
follow-the-recipe approach, and was able to make the course useful to
some of our students.

The 11th edition, however, is far worse than anything that came
before. The publishers have made numerous changes to format, style,
and content, and not one of them is for the better.

Format: The new edition has more clutter than ever in the margins.
Just about every page contains a distracting and usually irrelevant
sidebar, and color photographs (likewise irrelevant) push their way
into the text everywhere, as if the deisgners were trying to show off
their collection of pictures and their ability to flow text around
them. The actual text, when you can find it amid this clamoring
circus of marginal distractions, is marred by too-frequent changes in
background color and font size. It's difficult to read, and it's
difficult to orient oneself in the text, because the designers, while
splashing color and font changes all over the place, somehow managed
to make the chapter and section headings disappear. Just try to find
the beginning of Section 4-4. The decision to use a
proportional-space font in the tables of numbers on the Formulas and
Tables card suggests that the designer has never done any work with
tables of numbers.

Style: It's clear from the writing style that Dr. Triola is no longer
involved in the manufacture of the product that bears his name.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Russell Conte on June 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am using this book in a basic statistics course via MyMathLab. I purchased the book as part of MyMathLab, and I'm publishing my review here so that others will know. The online version of the text costs $80.00. That is by far the most expensive ebook I've ever purchased. According to Pearson (the people who produce MyMathLab) I am only able to access the book while online. There is no way to download it to my device. The other reviewers are absolutely correct - it contains an incredible about of material that has little or nothing to help students learn statistics. I can only use the ebook while I am registered for the course. Once that registration expires, I do not have access to the book ever again under any circumstances for the rest of my life. The $80.00 I paid for the ebook is gone, and so is the book, once the course is over. If I actually wanted to use the book in a real life situation after I complete the course (which I would never recommend), I'd have to buy the paper version at full price - which I won't do.

Since the book is part of MyMathLab, I can not copy or paste text, so there is no way to make notes of my own based on text in the book. Nor is there any way to highlight text, or add comments to the text. There is no way to save the text.

In addition to the errors mentioned by other reviewers, there are other very frustrating designs in the text. Most obvious is the complete lack of links. If the text says "see Appendix B", there is no link in the text to Appendix B. It might be 600 pages away, and it's up to the student to figure out how to find it. The table of contents can get someone to chapter headings, but it's not easy or intuitive.

There are a lot of other issues with the book and the ebook.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ektrules on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the strangest math textbook I've ever seen. The content that it covers could be boiled down to 100 pages or less. The actual math content is sparse, and much of the book is wordy paragraphs that try to explain concepts, but end up making things harder to understand. Also, I can't remember seeing a single proof in this book!

I had to use this book years ago for a online statistics course at a community college. I've recently been working on something that requires heavy use of statistics, and needed to research some things because I forgot most of what little I had learned from my past statistics course. I remembered I had this book laying around, and decided to look up what I needed to know. Totally useless. The book didn't even contain the Bayes' Theorem! All it had was a small section saying it was on the CD; which I didn't have.

All I can say is that this book should only be used as an introductory high-school course text, or as a supplemental book to a college course for people who find the author's writing more understandable than a book heavy on math notation. Personally, I found the author's writing less understandable than heavy math notation. Though, that may just be me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam on October 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a popular and required text for most Statistics courses. It's a decent read, and as textbooks go, it's pretty good. Although I had an older edition of this book, I was required to purchase the newer (and costlier) edition for my independent-study course, so that my text would correspond to the instructor's. While this was just a nuisance for me, the whole billion-dollar textbook racket is just that -- a racket. It is making a needless dent in parents' pocketbooks and down the line will probably result in spinal-column and back problems for the masses of students who have to lug around these needlessly hefty and expensive books.

As a h.s. science teacher, I've reviewed new editions of textbooks and compared them to the older editions. What I have found: Often, there is a tiny bit of new info in the newer texts, a few new problems, and a new "appearance". One major publisher took the older version, juggled around and renumbered the problems at the end of the chapter, switched a few sections from the main part of the text with sections in the Appendix, put on a different cover, reformatted some pics,... and voila' ... a new edition. It's always bigger and weighs more than the older edition, so the price is more. The old storyline that the pretty glossy pictures will engage the students is pure baloney!!

My old college chem book from the 70's (UMASS) sold for $10 new, $2.70 used. No glossy pics, but all the info was there and it's half the size and weight of current h.s. texts. A few years ago, a Japanese foreign exchange student showed me her h.s. chem book from Japan: All the topics were explained, plenty of practice probs, and the book was softcover about 6" x 9" and about 1/2" thick.

As I see some poor freshmen (esp. the girls) struggling to walk with these heavy books on their backs, I wonder --why are parents not outraged?
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