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Stats: Modeling the World (3rd Edition) [Hardcover]

David E. Bock , Paul F. Velleman , Richard D. De Veaux
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January 31, 2009 0321570448 978-0321570444 3

KEY BENEFIT: By leading with practical data analysis and graphics, Stats: Modeling the World , Third Edition, engages students and gets them to do statistics and think statistically from the start. With the authors’ signature Think, Show, Tell problem-solving method, students learn what we can find in data, why we find it interesting and how to report it to others. Instructors praise this text as clear and accessible, while students report that they actually enjoy reading the book while learning how to do statistics. Additional examples with updated data make this new edition even easier to read and use.


EXPLORING AND UNDERSTANDING DATA; Stats Start Here; Data; Displaying and Describing Categorical Data; Displaying and Comparing Qualitative Data; Understanding and Comparing Distributions; The Standard Deviation as a Ruler and the Normal Model; EXPLORING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN VARIABLES; Scatterplots, Association, and Correlation; Linear Regression; Regression Wisdom; Re-expressing Data: Get it Straight!; GATHERING DATA; Understanding Randomness; Sample Surveys; Experiments and Observational Studies; RANDOMNESS AND PROBABILITY; From Randomness to Probability; Probability Rules!; Random Variables; Probability Models; FROM THE DATA AT HAND TO THE WORLD AT LARGE; Sampling Distribution Models; Confidence Intervals for Proportions; Testing Hypotheses About Proportions; More About Tests and Intervals; Comparing Two Proportions; LEARNING ABOUT THE WORLD; Inferences about Means; Comparing Means; Paired Samples and Blocks; INFERENCE WHEN VARIABLES ARE RELATED; Comparing Counts; Inferences for Regression; Analysis of Variance (on DVD); Multiple Regression (on DVD)


For all readers interested in introductory statistics.

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David Bock (Cornell University) has won awards as a high school teacher of AP calculus and statistics and was a grader for the AP Statistics program from its inception. He now is the chief extension officer for the Cornell University mathematics department in charge of outreach to K-12 teachers. Dave’s wisdom about how students learn helps shape the book’s pedagogy.


Paul Velleman (Cornell University) is the only statistician to win the EDUCAUSE award for innovating technology for learning. The developer of ActivStats® multimedia software, Data Desk statistics software, and the DASL online archive of teaching datasets, his understanding of using and teaching with technology informs much of the book’s approach.


Richard D. De Veaux (Williams College) is an award-winning teacher and consultant to major corporations. Dick has taught business students at Wharton, engineering students at Princeton, and liberal arts students at Williams. His real-world experiences and anecdotes illustrate many of this book’s chapters.

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  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (January 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321570448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321570444
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further February 21, 2010
I have taught AP Stats for several years suffering through with a book I really hated. I felt that perhaps it was the subject though I continued to think Stats was really an awesome course. Now that I have my hands on this book, I have read every word on every page (the humor is most appreciated), truly reviewing the book to determine if I wanted to adopt it for my school. Not only am I planning on using it for my AP Stats class, I am going to use it in my regular class as well. It just makes such sense--and when it doesn't (because Stats is notoriously vague on some concepts--like why we divide by n-1 for s) the authors admit that though many have offered explanations, the reason is more likely just to drive you crazy. I've honestly never actually read a text and enjoyed it so thoroughly--now my husband REALLY thinks I'm a math nerd. I love, love, love this book. If it had a facebook page, I'd be a fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. February 15, 2011
By Guxit
As a student, I hardly ever notice my textbooks unless they are really bad. This year, I noticed my Stats textbook because it is really good. All the concepts are presented understandably, and the explanations feel like they were actually written by real people to make the ideas clearer (not always the case with math books). Honestly, I learn more from this book than I do from my teacher... it feels like the book is much easier to understand. Anyway, if you are considering it as a textbook for your stats class, know that your students will love you for it.

PS. It even has jokes! Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to study statistics November 10, 2011
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So far, I feel like this is the best statistics book I've encountered. It has plenty of examples. It also has instructions on how to use the calculator. When I first took statistics, I didn't depend on TI-calculators to do the math. It was refreshing to see instructions on calculators. Also, the highlights in the book gave me an idea what the authors think it's important in the chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book September 11, 2011
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I'm working my way through the book. The writing is clear and concise. The exercises are well written. The support CD brings many concepts to life well.

I would improve the indexing of the CD if I could. I've had to work at finding some of the exercise's data so I would work the problems. I've succeeded, but it could be easier.
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