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Principles of Biostatistics (with CD-ROM) 2nd Edition
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Unfortunately, the authors have chosen to derive many key concepts from probability theory. This is fine if you are comfortable with probability concepts. However, most students with background in social sciences are not: thus I found that this approach often adds an unnecessary level of complexity.
Most of the examples are long-winded, dragging on from page to page - flipping back and forth is extremely frustrating, and the layout makes it difficult to grasp what the point of each example is. Also, the long-winded style makes this book a poor desk reference if you just quickly need to check a formula or definition. Sadly I have to say that I very rarely use this $100 book - there are plenty of more accessible and succinct entry-level texts that cost a fraction of this volume. And yes, Google is better learning tool than this book.
Ideas and concepts are organized into sections, but the sections can span pages, so if you find the equation you're looking for on one page, the variables and concepts contained within it could be contained in other equations and paragraphs on 1-3 pages before it.
Overall, not a good reference book, just horrible. Don't buy this book unless it's required for your course and homework is assigned out of it.
Through my experience, the professor did give their own powerpoint lectures with concepts and examples from the book. However, with an apparent nod to other reviews of this book, the professor supplemented much of the material from the book in order to successfully/effectively explain a concept and show us the full and proper way to complete various problems. As such, this book is helpful in that it does explain certain concepts and gives solid examples. Unfortunately, this expectation is not met throughout the entire book and I am grateful that my professor saw fit to complete the instruction where the book left off/left out.
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It is a very dense book, good explanations for the most part. What this book is missing is an answer key in the back for the odd questions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RHOND ROSS
The paperback version is of great value. Although it is not so sturdy as the hardcover one, the price is good for the content.Published 4 months ago by travelfree
I do not recommend this textbook for learning biostatistics. Textbooks should communicate concepts clearly in a step by step fashion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
very good buy, just as new with a CD ROM...very good price also..would definitely recommendPublished 6 months ago by Lexus
The cosmetic condition of this book is VERY poor. I am scared to use it for an entire semester for fear of the cover detaching from the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ashley beeching
It is a very dense book, good explanations for the most part. What this book is missing is an answer key in the back for the odd questions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Primecut