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Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences Hardcover – January 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0538733526 ISBN-10: 0538733527 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538733527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538733526
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jay Devore earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley, spent a year at the University of Sheffield in England, and finished his Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford University. He previously taught at the University of Florida and at Oberlin College and has had visiting appointments at Stanford, Harvard, the University of Washington, New York University, and Columbia University. From 1998 to 2006, Jay served as Chair of the Statistics Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which has an international reputation for activities in statistics education. In addition to this book, Jay has written several widely used engineering statistics texts and a book in applied mathematical statistics. He is currently collaborating on a business statistics text, and also serves as an Associate Editor for Reviews for several statistics journals. He is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award from Cal Poly and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking and eating good food, tennis, and travel to faraway places. He is especially proud of his wife, Carol, a retired elementary school teacher, his daughter Allison, the executive director of a nonprofit organization in New York City, and his daughter Teresa, an ESL teacher in New York City.

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The book was very expensive and was not in good conditions.
Jaqueline
Examples are real-world, but all the in-text citations really distract from the problem, and most of the examples are beyond droll anyway.
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I've been using this book for two different classes and it's awful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been using this book for two different classes and it's awful. It's extremely dry and doesn't seem to try and teach the reader in an "average person" wording. I'm a CS major, not a stats major so the terminology gets annoying at times. Also, the book will use examples and use random values. That would be fine if the authors described WHY they chose said values instead of saying "alpha = 70.8" and moving on. Lastly, the book's problems and examples cite sources A LOT. This makes reading them tiring and you tend to skip around.

Was not a good introduction or study aid to the field of Statistics.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By shma on March 30, 2012
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Awful textbook. Manages to make even simple concepts like variance or the null hypothesis confusing. Badly written, terrible explanations, missing material... I've had to read the DeGroot textbook to decipher the mess in here. So thanks to Devore, I've had to read not one but two very dry textbooks. At least DeGroot's makes sense and includes the necessary mathematical details. If this is how we teach stats in America, no wonder so few people stick with it. It's a shame, because probability and statistics are actually really interesting, incredibly valuable tools.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 18, 2013
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Contrary to many of the reviews posted here this is an excellent introduction to probability and statistics. Keep in mind though that this book does require a strong familiarity with set theory and calculus. If your familiarity with either subject is shaky you are going to struggle through this book (and with probability and statistics in general).

Other reviewers have stated that the book is dry and not written for the "average reader". Nothing could be further from the truth. You have to remember that this is not meant to be a light-intuitive introduction to the subject. This is meant to be a first introduction to rigorous-mathematics based probability and statistics. Example and problems will require you to understand not only the underlying theory but also how to effectively and efficiently run the necessary calculations to derive the correct answer.

I am currently pursuing a degree in statistics and still use this book as a reference for my upper division stats courses. My only advise would be to purchase the solutions manual. In many instances the author will walk you step-by-step through the solutions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By complexanimal on July 28, 2013
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As stated by earlier reviewers, this book is extremely long-winded and goes through overly complicated twists and turns in order to explain the simplest of ideas. You often have to read sections 2 or 3 times over again because of the unnecessarily complicated prose only to incredulously think, "THAT was what he was trying to explain?!?" Some examples are small idiosyncrasies that skew to the odd (denoting 0 as 'true' and 1 as 'false' in one example), to other longer explanations that will have you wanting to pull out your hair. Devore's explanation of set theory, for example, is a disaster:

"The union of two events A and B, denoted by A U B and read "A or B," is the event consisting of all outcomes that are either in A or in B or in both events (so that the union includes outcomes for which both A and B occur as well as outcomes for which exactly one occurs)--that is, all outcomes in at least of the events."

Really? A parenthetical AND a dashed run-on sentence just to explain unions? Unfortunately, the lack of clarity extends even to the problem sets. You may spend a good chunk of time just trying to figure what he's only asking only to find out after you're done that he was asking for something totally different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By night on December 12, 2013
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Used for my class. It's not an easy book but it's a really good intermediate level book for data analysis in general if u r into math and figures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klaus Richter on January 23, 2013
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This textbook is a decent introduction to statistics and covers quite a few topics relatively quickly. Most of the explanations are clear enough. However, there is little in the way of derivations, especially on more complex topics, so a lot of the formulas need to be just memorized. There are few illustrations, and the text tends to be quite dry. This is common for textbooks (especially math textbooks), but keeps this book from being anything better than ordinary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Neely on January 20, 2013
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Title was required for class. It is very wordy and hard to follow at times. The diagrams do help but definitely requires outside clarification as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Boggs on February 7, 2014
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The image and the ISBN number as represented on Amazon matched what I was looking for, but the book that arrived was a paperback with a different cover, and has many different exercises. The examples & text appears to be the same but around 1 out of 10 problems are different. I do have experience with researching International versions and would not have purchased this book if it were depicted accurately. It will get me through the course but I will have to rely on others to assure I am getting the homework assignments. I will not feel comfortable attempting to resell this book locally.
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