- File Size: 9326 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 29, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008TVLLIM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Principles of Statistics (Dover Books on Mathematics) Kindle Edition
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The word statistics in the title is misleading. The bulk of this book focuses on giving a brief yet rigorous overview of probability theory. Traditional topics in statistics such as point estimation, statistical tests and regression analysis are only covered towards the end of the book. While some people may not have a problem with this, I think it is absolutely crucial to highlight the difference between probability theory and statistics. Probability theory is a branch of mathematics dealing with understanding randomness and uncertainty. It is the application of probability theory to observed phenomena that gives rise to the study of statistics. Like I said, subtle but crucial difference if you are studying this material at a higher level.
With regards to the presentation and actual quality of this book, it does what it was written to do. Give a brief yet fundamentally sound overview of the material. If you have no prior experience with this material THEN THIS IS NOT A BOOK TO SELF STUDY FROM. It can be used as a supplement to a more detailed textbook but essentially the target audience is someone who has seen the material before and wants to be able to review it quickly without the pedantry of what an introductory text would offer.