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The Practice of Statistics in the Life Sciences: w/Student CD Hardcover – December 29, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1429272728 ISBN-10: 1429272724 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Hardcover: 721 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Second Edition edition (December 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429272724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429272728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIGITTE BALDI is a Lecturer at University of California, USA. DAVID S. MOORE is a Lecturer at Purdue University, USA. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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It comes with a cd rom that is suppose to be helpful - not - again, very little instruction.
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The book and the online videos tag-team the teaching, so don't think that just reading or watching will teach you what you need to know.
Calvn Hobbes
This text assumes way too much, elaborates way too little, and makes everything altogether more difficult than necessary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately college students do not have the luxury of choosing their preferred text for a course. That being said do everything possible to encourage your university or college to choose another option. This text assumes way too much, elaborates way too little, and makes everything altogether more difficult than necessary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By student on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am using this book for an online introductory graduate bio-statistics course. I have never been more frustrated with a book! My class is in essence an independent study - read the text, learn the subject matter and take a test - and oh my, this book does not provide the resources to learn basic bio stats. There is too little explanation and way too many "check your skills", "test your knowledge" etc. with answers to only 50% of the questions and without any explanation. It comes with a cd rom that is suppose to be helpful - not - again, very little instruction. In today's world of statistics it is just as important to learn the technological tools that can provide the correct answers, this book fails in this area as well. From a students perspective if you are an instructor reconsider another text, if you are student and stuck with this book - figure out additional resources early on!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FrustratedStudent on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is awful...the explanations are lacking, and the examples get worse and worse with each chapter. Sometimes, I have to flip back a couple of chapters to figure out where the authors got the numbers for the examples. Also, there are formulas that are in the notes (provided by the authors of the book to my professor) that tie in formulas from previous chapters to the current chapter...but without them I would be lost. The examples are supposed to be clear, so I can LEARN how to apply formulas and concepts. I can't stand this book, and the notes provided to my professor have had multiple mistakes. If you have to use this book, good luck. If you're getting it to learn on your own, do not bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Yu on May 23, 2013
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Not much math as I expected it would be. A lot of reading and words. The facts in it are very interesting, but I don't think this book is worth the price I brought it for (100 bucks). I seriously hope there are better Life Science Statistic books than this one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Johnson on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My biggest complaint is that the authors and editors provide this book as an introduction to statistics but they did not anticipate that this text would be used to teach people who had very little acquaintance with statistics! I am sure that this book makes plenty of sense to a statistician...but as it is a book designed to teach statistics to a group of people who are not statisticians (in my case, a group of nurses) it misses the mark entirely.

The text is awkward to read and does not flow well, it is filled with terms that are new and unfamiliar, which should not be a problem in a textbook, as one should refer to the glossary in these instances...except that there is NO GLOSSARY!!!!!

I did well in the course that I purchased this textbook for, but my success had very little to do with this book or the accompanying web access I purchased and had much more to do with the patience of the instructor and my diligent note taking and practice outside of the book's resources. I often keep my textbooks for future reference, but I honestly cannot wait to get rid of this one. I regret that someone else will have to buy this book for a class and experience the same frustration with it I have.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By valerie on January 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have never written a review on anything, but here I will make an exception. First off, to all the professors out there searching for the next course book, please pass this one over. It gives concepts without reinforcing them with worked out examples. It constantly refers to the first chapter's figures and homework even in chapter nine (it's almost as if they ran out of stats to examine before the book even began). None of its directions are clear or concise. Do not mistake my sentiments in writing this for disgust of the subject. I love math and have always been exceptionally well in that particular area, but this however is pure torture and no one should be subjected to this pile of useless paper pawned off as a first rate textbook. If I could give this book less stars I would.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calvn Hobbes on August 28, 2012
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In my long history of being a student I'm pretty sure I've never written a review about a textbook since you can't choose your books- it really doesn't matter if it's bad because you're stuck with it anyway. But I'll make an exception to this monstrosity, in the hopes that future instructors will read these reviews and understand that as a self-taught course, this book is simply AWFUL. I'm a scientist, so obviously statistics are near and dear to not only my heart, but my paycheck and reputation as well. Therefore, I not only wanted to get a decent grade, but I truly needed to know this stuff. Unfortunately, this book served me more as a mouse pad than as an instruction manual.

It gives all the formulas, the rules, the definitions, etc., yet somehow it doesn't teach a dang thing. The explanations, the instruction, or even the examples you're given to actually learn the statistics are woefully inadequate and sparse. There is no teacher here, just you and the book, so it should be doing a complete job in teaching, not supplementing some unknown professor. I spent more time doing online searches to understand the material than I did learning from the book.

Here are things you need to know about this book/online portal:

**I cannot stress this enough- you have to know how to use excel and/or the TI-83/4 calculator stats features BEFORE taking this class. Sure, there are scattered flaccid technology pictures in the book, but they're as helpful as your Aunt Ester who answers the phone when she hears the doorbell.

**The book and the online videos tag-team the teaching, so don't think that just reading or watching will teach you what you need to know.
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