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Principles of Biostatistics (with CD-ROM) 2nd Edition
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Unfortunately, the authors have chosen to derive many key concepts from probability theory. This is fine if you are comfortable with probability concepts. However, most students with background in social sciences are not: thus I found that this approach often adds an unnecessary level of complexity.
Most of the examples are long-winded, dragging on from page to page - flipping back and forth is extremely frustrating, and the layout makes it difficult to grasp what the point of each example is. Also, the long-winded style makes this book a poor desk reference if you just quickly need to check a formula or definition. Sadly I have to say that I very rarely use this $100 book - there are plenty of more accessible and succinct entry-level texts that cost a fraction of this volume. And yes, Google is better learning tool than this book.
Ideas and concepts are organized into sections, but the sections can span pages, so if you find the equation you're looking for on one page, the variables and concepts contained within it could be contained in other equations and paragraphs on 1-3 pages before it.
Overall, not a good reference book, just horrible. Don't buy this book unless it's required for your course and homework is assigned out of it.
In the end, I was frustrated trying to learn from a text that makes language a barrier rather than a facilitator.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good buy, just as new with a CD ROM...very good price also..would definitely recommendPublished 4 days ago by Lexus
The cosmetic condition of this book is VERY poor. I am scared to use it for an entire semester for fear of the cover detaching from the book. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ashley beeching
It is a very dense book, good explanations for the most part. What this book is missing is an answer key in the back for the odd questions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Primecut
Matched item description, quick shipping, and good price for a book hard to get in the States.Published 4 months ago by Sumit
I had to purchase this textbook for an intro biostatistics class. It was okay but I thought Fundamentals of Biostatistics (Bernard Rosner) was easier for beginning students to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lesley Brannan
Really good quality. The book was literally like a new one. Also included the CD-ROM inside and is very clean.Published 5 months ago by Jihye Park