- Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 0002-Revised edition (March 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486637603
- ISBN-13: 978-0486637600
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Principles of Statistics (Dover Books on Mathematics) 0002-Revised 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.
This text covers each topic at a basic level, giving a general intuition/reasoning, examples, and even history. It then also provides a more thorough look, tying concepts together and explaining the math that comprises it all.
I don't want to say 'advanced', because that has different implications in general useage than in an academic subject. But for someone without an advanced knowledge of statistics, this book gives as advanced a view as you'll need. So...intermediate?
Top that off with how cheap it is and you've got a perfect starting point.