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Elementary Statistics (12th Edition) 12th Edition

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About the Author

Mario F. Triola is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he has taught statistics for over 30 years. Marty is the author of Essentials of Statistics, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, Elementary Statistics Using the Graphing Calculator, and he is a co-author of Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life and Business Statistics. He has written several manuals and workbooks for technology supporting statistics education. Outside of the classroom, Marty has been a speaker at many conferences and colleges. His consulting work includes the design of casino slot machines and fishing rods, and he has worked with attorneys in determining probabilities in paternity lawsuits, identifying salary inequities based on gender, analyzing disputed election results, analyzing medical data, and analyzing medical school surveys. Marty has testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Mario F. Triola a "Texty" for Excellence for his work on Elementary Statistics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Elementary Statistics
  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321836960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321836960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the most horrible textbook I have ever used for the following reasons: thin pages which tear easily, but you constantly have to cross-reference. Some tables are several pages away in either direction, often impossible to locate - this means a ton of page turning frustration - and rips. Hundreds of questions cross two pages, wherein you have to read the first half of the question and then turn the page to get the rest. (Of course, you also constantly reference the appendices for data-sets, etc.) This means more page turning (and ripping - you can forget trying to resell it unless you've kept it in a glass case). It is very hard to concentrate on working the problems this way. There is a lot of false, made up, and partial "snippet" information, and a lot of "referencing the author" (problems literally reference the author, himself - how obnoxious) which are both extremely annoying and make it hard to concentrate. Also, there are myriad mistakes in the back answer-checking section. This will have you screwed out of finishing your homework because you were trying to get the "right" answer - which might actually be wrong (yes, this happens a lot) if it is found in the back of the book. Most of all, however, this book is awful because of the extremely confusing nature of the writing style. Excess words abound in all of the examples, making it very difficult and confusing to gauge even the most basic concepts. If you are forced to use this book (I don't think any of us actually get a choice) I highly recommend using Youtube to watch instructional videos rather than EVEN LOOKING at the instructional/example sections of this disgusting textbook. It will confuse you before you even know how to approach the problems, then you will have to unlearn what the book spewed so that you can understand concepts. This textbook sets students up to fail.
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Format: Hardcover
Bad points:

1. Price
2. When this book is used you can't use the Stat Lab a second time. It looks like those guys have FINALLY found a way to get around students using second hand books to save money
3. The fact that you *can* use Stat Lab makes it such that you *do* use it so much that you never really know if you have understood the formulae or learned them by heart.
4. The fact that you do have to learn to use the Stat Lab makes it such that you spend almost as much time learning to use new software as you do new Statistics.
5. The Stat Lab that you can use with this book is only a temporary one. It last for about 6 weeks. Then they want you to pay *another* $90 for access to something that takes so much time to learn. You only find this out when you start getting notifications that "Stat Lab is about to expire."

Good points:

1. The presentation is good and economical. The author does not get into excessive pretty colors.
2. The Stat Lab is nice to use and gives ample problem solving practice.

Verdict (this is directed to heads of department/ chairpersons/ textbook selection committees who are thinking of using this text):

It's a good book, but ultimately, I DON'T recommend it. And this is because you can't use it secondhand, and it's just too expensive. I find no convenient way to purchase StatLab (a second time) for use with this book. It's not like there is so much cutting edge technology in Statistics that you have to pay these prices for it. A $25 book is more than enough for a course in Stats (I am taking this course in the context of Accounting, so I *really* don't need all the gory details). A quick perusal of Amazon.com shows prices in the range of $35-$75 for secondhand books.

Update: This book was going to get 3 stars, but after finding out about the StatLab hoax/ ripoff, it lost the other two stars. ANY book but this one.
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I had to buy this book for a statistics class I am taking for my masters. Math and statistics overall have not been the strongest courses for me so I was concerned I may have difficulty with the material. The book was very well laid out and there are a series of videos that go along with each section of the book that are offered by Pearson. They are at a separate website.(My Stat Lab which apparently is supposed to be a separately purchased product although my school had the videos available by themselves through Blackboard- So if your school uses Blackboard check with your instructor. This is one thing I loath about Pearson, they charge you 150.00 for a book then want more for stat lab. If you get the e version to begin with through Pearson you only have access to it for so long then it is gone. It also is a pain to read online. I do not recommend using Pearson's online site for the book if you can avoid it, I used it for my economics class and it was a major hassle) If you do want it then I recommend the loose leaf 12th Edition of this book that comes with the stat lab access and ebook which is about another 20-30 dollars. This book is heavy which can make lugging it around a hassle. With the loose leaf at least you can pull the chapters you want to carry around with you more easily.

The hardcover book also comes with a disk that includes stat disk and has all of the tables for the various exercises loaded in the back of the book. (I bought mine new so I don't know if you can be sure you will get it with a used book) I intend on keeping this book for the long term as an excellent resource. Between the stat disk, excel and a decent calculator you can manage all of the formulas and exercises in the book. There are exercises for each section and at the end of each chapter.
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