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Facts from Figures (Pelican) Paperback – June 1, 1952

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Product Details

  • Series: Pelican
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 30, 1952)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140202366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140202366
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,518,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Flynn on August 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me many years ago by Roald Buhler,
co-author of the P-Stat package, when I asked him where I could
get a good introductory text. I went and bought it and I've used
it countless times for reference and guidance. Unquestionably the
best book on introductory stats ever written.
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By A Customer on August 12, 1998
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I had never gone further than standard deviations and lines of regression at school, and dearly wanted to learn more. This book proved to be the ideal choice. Each subject was introduced in a simple and intuitively appealing manner, leading logically on from one to the next. It is a real pleasure to read, for layman and technically-minded statistics-novice alike.
Despite its age, its examples remain forever pertinent (after all, a standard error on the standard deviation of a sample of measurements on boys' heights, weights and examination marks remains the same in the 1990s).
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By A Customer on August 6, 1998
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This book provides the clearest explanation of statistical concepts I have ever come across. Needs to be reprinted. There is a dearth of good material out there.
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Twenty years ago, in the process of moving, my copy of this book fell and was buried in the West Virginia mud. It was retrieved and dried. Although it still retains the marks of its misadventure, it is always the first statistics book on my shelf that I turn to when I encounter a problem that I do not understand. This little book is clearly and succinctly written with the lay-person in mind. I have read it from cover to cover. Of what other mathematics text can this be said? I especially like the chapter on the Poisson distribution. My poor, sad, mishandled copy is beaten and worn. I am distressed that it is out of print. It belongs on the bookshelf of every scientist with the remotest intention to employ statistics.
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Oooh, I loved reading this book! It furnished me a most enjoyable summer, one where I had the luxury of putzing around while learning something worthwhile, more or less painlessly. I went on to read several more books on statistics (alas, none anywhere nearly as good as this.)
The publisher should (hint, hint) talk Mr. Moroney into the task or find a qualified author to revise the text and bring it up to date. For example, I'd like to see a book like this discuss meta-analysis of statistical studies. Then one would find out if this technique was a breakthrough or rubbish.
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A classic; readable, enjoyable and educational. Every journalist, broadcaster, pollster and politician should read this... (Maybe even some marketers and advertisers) Of course, everyone exposed to statistical assertions from the above categories should also read it!

I used this book when taking an engineering science degree in England nearly 40 years ago, and always found it fascinating. I lost it in the intervening years and was delighted to eventually find it at Amazon.com; I ordered five copies as I want everyone in my family to have one!

What Moroney was particularly good at was explaining common fallacies, and using colorful examples to make the point. The book is also laid out in a logical way, and the language is clear.

Highly recommended!
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A classic for those who know just enough to get themselves in trouble. Have been using it, (or trying to get it back from someone who "borrowed" it) for many years.
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