- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Madison Books; No Edition Stated edition (June 18, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568331088
- ISBN-13: 978-1568331089
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chances Are: The Only Statistic Book You'll Ever Need Paperback – June 18, 1998
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When do you draw a bar graph and when a line graph? Although Slavin finally answers that question a few chapters after he poses it, his initial advice is that "sometimes one or the other looks more dramatic." Just about any basic statistics textbook would provide as good or better a statistics course, but this book by a former statistics professor and author of several mathematics guides nonetheless fills a niche. For one thing, it is brief (most of the pages are filled with step-by-step problem solutions); it is also basic, providing just enough statistical know-how to write or understand a business report. The author's politically conservative preferences come through in the text; the intended audience seems to be business people who want to brush up on statistics for professional development. For that purpose, this is an adequate self-study course for popular business math collections. In Slavin's words, "This book will not make you into an instant statistician, but you certainly will qualify as a number cruncher."?Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City
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If you are an adult who's been out of school for a while and never took a course in statistics and won't be needing to take one in the foreseeable future this really is the only book you'll probably ever need. It starts off explaing basic arithmetic and moves to decimals,percents and eases into the basics of statistics.
If you're a college student who hasn't taken any statistics classes before but will be soon this is a good primer. It will give you the necessary basics to remove any stumbling blocks during those first weeks of classes but you will move beyond the scope of this book quickly.
If you've already taken some statistics courses this is not the book for you. This book is not meant for someone with any background already, it will be far too basic.
The title is accurate in that it is meant for the average person not the math professional. Should the latter be looking for a comprehensive tome on statistical analysis this isn't it.
I bought this book thinking it would nicely outline statistical tests one would use and explain when to use the proper test. It doesn't mention any statistical analysis.
A very good book to review what would probably be in chapter 1 of any stats book plus correlation and regression. These are important concepts which need to be understood before one could think with statistics but certainly not "The Only Statistics Book You'd Ever Need."