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Statistics for the Utterly Confused (Utterly Confused Series) Paperback – May 25, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0071350051 ISBN-10: 0071350055 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071350055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071350051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it comes to understanding statistics, even good students can be confused. Perfect for students in any introductory non-calculus-based statistics course, and equally useful to professionals working in the world, Statistics for the Utterly Confused is your ticket to success. Statistical concepts are explained step-by-step and applied to such diverse fields as business, economics, finance, and more.

The message of Statistics for the Utterly Confused is simple: you don't have to be confused anymore. With the wealth of experience of the author, who has taught thousands of confused students, you'll discover a newer, clearer way to look at statistics. Don't wait another minute­­get on the road to higher grades and greater confidence, and go from utterly confused to totally prepared in no time!

About the Author

Lloyd R. Jaisingh, Ph.D., is Professor of Mathematics at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky. He has taught statistics for the past thirteen years at Morehead State University, and has published several articles in applied statistics as well as books dealing with elementary statistics and the use of technology in the classroom. He has received a number of grants and fellowships, and an award as Outstanding Researcher of the Year at Morehead State.


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As a student dreading the thought of the required statistics class, I found this book to be very helpful.
LaDonna
The examples in the book are also very helpful in breaking down difficult concepts into language that non-mathematics majors can understand.
xenophon
For anyone having to take a statistics class (even high school level), I highly recommend getting this book to have as a reference guide.
Jeni H.

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By S. M Marson on July 13, 2002
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This book is GREAT! I've been teaching statistics to students who have little interest in statistics. In fact, most of them are math phobic. Students who use STATISTICS FOR THE UTTERLY CONFUSED to supplement their learning just love it. Jaisingh has a wonderfully creative mind. He reduces complex concepts to the most fundamental meaning. From that point, phobic students begin to understand the applications of statistics to their profession. Most importantly, they experience success and become less math phobic.
One particularly section of his book stands out -- z-score transformation. Understanding z-score transformation is a problem for many of my students. After class lectures and reading Jaisingh's elaboration of these concepts, students gain insight. Mose importantly than z-score transformation, students advance their knowledge regarding the relevance of normal distributions.
This is a worthy book for any math phobic student who is enrolled in a statistics course.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Sunshine Lucas on June 27, 2000
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I am a student at Morehead State University and Business Statistics is one of the most difficult classes in my course requirements until I discovered the book, Statistics for the Utterly Confused. The layout of the book was very thorough and easy to read. I truly appreciated the examples given throughout each chapter. The 'quick tips' and 'its a wrap' sections of the book helped me make sure that I understood the key points that were discussed! I would advise anyone who is having a difficult time with statistics to definitely purchase this book. It was a great investment that helped out tremendously!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2002
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If you've never taken a basic stats class (or have forgotten it all, as most people do), then this book is a pretty good option. But if you need to learn or brush up on more than descriptive statistics, this would not be for you. This book helped me to get all the basic concepts clear in my mind again, but when I had real-world analysis to do, there wasn't enough meat. I was glad I read it, but really had no use afterwards.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BK on June 20, 2000
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L. Jaisingh,
I like the step by step procedures with which you take (me) the utterly confused through the various stages to arrive at the final solution to your sample problems. The simplicity and the use of your language is very effective - speaks a lot -- on clarity alone I give you 100 points. Wonderful presentation and layout, I especially like the Tree diagram - GG GB BB BG; man you even included a section with "ANSWER KEY". I also like the tables in the Appendix - saves the student a lot of time in those calculations
And I don't even have to conduct a GOODNESS OF FIT TEST - This pass the test with flying colors. Great job, I must commend you on such a useful publication. I would recommend this book to any person who is a student in the field of statistics. It's easy to use and a great reference tool for both at home and at the office. I will definitely put this book to extensive use.
Going through your book reminded me of so many things I had forgotten since my statistics class. Of course, I just glanced through the book quickly so that I can give you my VERDICT.
Lloyd, congratulations on a job well done, but then you already knew that.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peggy D. Baker on September 26, 2001
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While I doubt I will ever get over my statistics phobia, and I am not sure it is truly possible to use statistics painlessly, I am willing to concede that "Statistics for the Utterly Confused" has helped me more than any of the other references I purchased. The material is laid out clearly and concisely. Oftentimes the Quick Tips have given me the information I was looking for without having to read through pages and pages of explanation I already have or do not need in the first place.
This book is not intended for those who aspire to be staticians. But for an MBA student such as myself, it is a great supplement to text and classroom work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2003
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I took a statistics correspondence course for credit. The study guide made no sense to me. I finally got online and found this book. I was hesitant, because like the computer instructions you get, Statistic instructors think they are dummying it down for us but are only dummying it down for them. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the quesions at the end. You are able to apply the knowledge immediately and get feedback. I received an A in the course, and not from the expensive study guide that I bought that was supposed to help me pass.
Any average person who is required to take statistics should get this book. If it helped me, it will help anyone. Thanks Dr. Jaisingh
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Barbarosa on June 22, 2004
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For me, more revelant than "Stats for Dummies", the Utterly Confused stats book is more focused toward business stats. I found the Cliffs book a bit stiff, Dummies too loose and Utterly confused just about right. At least it helped decipher the Business Stats text book I was trying to wrap my arms around.
There's no substitute for a Stats course, and the utterly confused stats book should help ease one into the lingo and nomenclature rather than suffer a head-on crash with syllabus and curriculum.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brad Miller on May 12, 2005
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i am a former student of dr. jaisingh's at morehead state university, in kentucky. the course required two texts, a) a boring $100 "math" book involving statistisc, and b) a colorful, less intimidating $17 book by our professor. as you can assume, dr. jaisingh taught in the same style as the book is written, and provides his classes with lecture notes full of definitions, projected studies, and examples on a university-supported website. this book did well in explaining and instructing elementary statistical methods and also, at least at our institution, our professor used MINITAB statistical software and TI-83 instructions to help us stay away from ugly equations; that $100 book collected dust in the closet. all of his instruction, both written and verbal, influenced our end-of-semester final project, which was based on previous information from our class lectures and previous exams. i feel informed, prepared, and confident enough to carry-on and use the information provided by dr. jaisingh to apply to future endeavors and tasks. easy to read, clearly labeled and outlined, and FULL of examples. could be easily used as a supplement or could also easily be your only need in elementary statistical education.
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