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Excellent book, bad publishing
on April 16, 2008
I taught out of the 9th edition of this book and I liked it a lot. This is the perfect book for a second course in "methods statistics", i.e. a book about how to do the calculations, when to do them, and what they mean. There are no proofs or derivations, just recipes, but supplied with a lot of worked out examples, and an excellent discussions of when what methods are appropriate.
My gripe with the 10th edition is that the last two chapters, Time Series, and Non-parametric Statistics, are not printed on paper, but only available on the supplied student CD. These are two of the chapters that I teach, and I find it unacceptable that the students will not have these chapters in the book, but will have to look at them on the screen. Or, if they decide to print them out, our department budget for printing and copying will be bancrupted. The publisher's explanation was that this was done "to save printing costs". Yet, the new edition is not any cheaper than the previous one!
Reluctantly, I am switching to an inferior text by a different publisher, just because it has all its chapters printed.