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ISBN-13: 978-0534403027 ISBN-10: 0534403026 Edition: 5th
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Richard L. Scheaffer, Professor Emeritus of Statistics, University of Florida, received his Ph.D. in statistics from Florida State University. Accompanying a career of teaching, research and administration, Dr. Scheaffer has led efforts on the improvement of statistics education throughout the school and college curriculum. Co-author of five textbooks, he was one of the developers of the Quantitative Literacy Project that formed the basis of the data analysis strand in the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He also led the task force that developed the AP Statistics Program, for which he served as Chief Faculty Consultant. Dr. Scheaffer is a Fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association, a past chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, and an advisor on numerous statistics education projects.

Madhuri S. Mulekar, Professor of Statistics, University of South Alabama, received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She is involved in teaching, research, and consulting activities with the faculty from the college of medicine, University of South Alabama hospitals, and Mitchell Cancer Institute. She has authored an exam-preparation book for Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics and has been involved with the AP Statistics exam since it was first administered, serving on the test development committee. She is actively involved in the American Statistical Association's efforts for improving statistics education by serving on various national committees such as Advisory Committee on Continuing Education and ASA-MAA joint committee on undergraduate statistics. Prof. Mulekar has published many research as well as teaching related articles. Recipient of many grants, she directed undergraduate research program in statistics that was funded by NSF. Dr. Mulekar is a Fellow of American Statistical Association and a recipient of outstanding scholar award by Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society.
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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Duxbury Press; 5th edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534403026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534403027
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jin on January 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I took an engineering statistics course this past semester that required the class to buy this textbook. One week after class started our professor informed us that this textbook contained quite a few errors in just the first few chapters. This "textbook" is written very poorly and has errors almost every few pages. The most glaring problem was that the answers provided in the back of the book for odd questions were sometimes incorrect. As in the problem would say what is 2+2 and the back would give you 5. This caused extreme confusion and frustration during the first week as our entire class bombarded our professor with questions as to how we did certain questions wrong when we were sure they were right. In addition to the errors in the answers provided, there were many grammatical errors scattered all over the book. A textbook should never have grammatical errors much less a $200 one. Usually, the errors are easy to spot out and can be overlooked but the major problem was when they occurred in the questions. In certain ones, the word 'and' would be used when they meant to use 'or' and sometimes words were missing completely. In statistics, the answer to a question that emphasizes 'and' or 'or' are drastically different especially when its the case of combinations or permutations. Simply put, whoever edited/proofread this textbook did not do their job even remotely correct and it should not be used for learning statistics as it will make you question whether you did the problems wrong or if the book simply made another avoidable mistake. I should make note that these problems were present in the fifth edition and I am not sure whether these same mistakes are in any of the previous or future editions. Do not buy this textbook and if it is on your class materials, inform your professor of the problems this textbook carries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rebecca bowen on May 4, 2012
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This book has SO MANY errors. Every page I find a mistake, and I don't mean little spelling errors I mean they didn't add correctly, or the formula that's being presented is wrong(!!!), or their charts are labeled incorrectly.

Also most the problems start out with "refer to Exercise __" which is on some other page or sometimes another chapter, so you have to constantly flip back and forth. Even the solutions manual was like that (which, by the way, you will need, because it's not always clear how they got their answers- only to find out they did it wrong!!)

And worse of all is the tables in the appendixes are not labeled right, so the book refers you to appendix D table 4, but it's the wrong set of values, the one you actually want is printed on the inside back cover that's not labeled at all!

Did this book not get edited? I kept wondering if maybe it was a semester project for some class.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McKinlay on January 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I haven't even read one chapter and I have already made my decision about this textbook. There are glaring errors every page! And I'm not talking about just the exercises, in the examples and descriptions, too! I am not normally able to spot errors in this textbook, but this is just crazy. A rip off of money. The prose is forced, boring, and dull. Sounds like someone wrote this thing at the last minute.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Velasco on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I took an engineering statistics class at the University of Florida and I'm assuming they made us buy this book since one of the authors is from UF. This book is way overpriced especially compared to the amount of errors it has. It's incredibly frustrating to do practice problems but not have a reliable solution in the back of the book. There are a LOT of errors in the back of the book when it comes to answers for practice problems. We would have to go to my teacher's office hours and use his solutions manual to be sure if we (or the book) were wrong. There are minimal examples for every chapter and even they have a tendency to be wrong every so often. They would either use wrong numbers or a wrong formula. Speaking of formulas, I remember one time there was a highlighted equation in the chapter that was written incorrectly. I noticed it was different to the one in the example so I decided to look up the equation online and found the textbook was wrong. It's pathetic how people charge so much for such a worthless book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Maniscalco on January 17, 2013
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I am currently taking this course and must agree with many of the individuals before me. Even the example problems often have incorrect calculations, for instance with probabilities and percentages greater than 1! Not 1.009, but say 1.14, 1.32 etc. It is very frustrating. A terrible class text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Aleman Jr. on December 14, 2013
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I bought this book for my Intro to Prob. and Stat. for CS course. I disliked the book as much as I disliked my teacher. The books examples and attempts at passing on the knowledge to you are not that great. I had to go out of my way to teach everything to myself through external sources. At least I can say I earned this A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Abascal on June 21, 2013
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Seriously it was the worst. It constantly gave me wrong formulas, had false information and don't get me started on the typos. Even things as important as the tables in the appendix were wrong. One example was Table 4 in the appendix. This table is called the Z Table and is quiet important Well they forgot to make it Table 4, even after mentioning it in the chapter. The solution to this was just print it on the cover. If your this is your textbook for a stats class my advice is to pay close attention to the professor, this book will never be of any help.
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