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Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences (with Student Suite Online) Hardcover – January 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0495382171 ISBN-10: 0495382175 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (January 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495382175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495382171
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,263 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 exercises at the end of each chapter are completely disconnected from the examples in each chapter.
Elvis Jones
Having a statistics tutor would also help if your teacher is not too hot at explaining stuff because you surely can't count on this book for much assistance!
Lani Azahari
The author suck in explaining, everything in the book, from deffinition to example are difficult to understand.
B. Sao

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lani Azahari on February 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Too wordy. The book is written as though we all have the time to read everything cover to cover. For those juggling 12+ hours of senior year engineering classes and labs along with work, this obviously is not the best text for seriously learning probability and statistics quickly and effectively.

As a math tutor, it is books like this that make me cringe, as many students have trouble trying to refer to lengthy text when they try to resolve issues on their own. I see way too many students who end up resorting to tutors due to books written like this--not a good sign at all.

Devore would help all of us if he would put more things in clear point-form, have more summarized text, and save anecdotal examples for the example section. If you are assigned this textbook for your class, I highly recommend purchasing the student solution manual--that book is a lifesaver and will help you check your homework. I also recommend any supplemental books such as those by REA and Schaum's to help you better understand the material. Having a statistics tutor would also help if your teacher is not too hot at explaining stuff because you surely can't count on this book for much assistance! Good luck...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elvis Jones on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is, by far, the worst textbook that I have ever had.
It is written for the author's colleagues, not for students.
If there is a clear and concise way of explaining a concept, DeVore will do the opposite. Examples in the text of each chapter are re-workings of poorly explained definitions. The exercises at the end of each chapter are completely disconnected from the examples in each chapter.
YOU WILL NOT LEARN FROM THIS BOOK. It is a reference book, good for those who are already very familiar with probability and statistics, not a textbook.
Also, I'm suspicious of professors who write new editions every four or five years. Why does the wheel have to be re-invented so often?$?$?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Sao on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author suck in explaining, everything in the book, from deffinition to example are difficult to understand. The words he used, the sentense structure don't make sense most of the time, 98%. Too bad my professor chose this textbook, I want to throw it away many time when reading it because things just don't make sense. An example, a section about stem-and-leaf display, I don't understand it at all, no matter how many time I read that section, I finally got it after reading a quick tutorial on the web for just a few minutes. I spent almost two hour trying to understand it from this book. Cra..zy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Koenemann on June 8, 2009
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We only used the first 4 chapter for this course. Most of the examples are good. The book assumes some prior knowledge of math and statistics but other than that is good.
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