- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 19, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764554239
- ISBN-13: 978-0764554230
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 276 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Work through real-world problems
From mean to median to probability understand the terms and crunch the numbers with ease
Stymied by statistics? No fear this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show how these concepts apply to your everyday life. Youll see how to take the margin of error out of opinion polls and how to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on-the-job performance.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Interpret and critique graphs and charts
- Determine the odds with probability
- Guesstimate with confidence using confidence intervals
- Set up and carry out a hypothesis test
- Compute statistical formulas
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He is otherwise a 4.9 GPA student, but this subject had him completely confused.
We bought this book and he used it a lot.
This book enabled him to get an A in this class. There was no way he would have passed the class without this book.
If you are required to take statistics in college, get this book. It'll help you more than any other official resource.
So why "Statistics for Dummies?"
-- Most statistics books seemed to be either too-brief pamphlets or really really expensive texts. At the Amazon new book price of around $12, this sure seemed relatively affordable for the amount of information
--Very good coverage of descriptive statistics, probability in theory & practice, inferential statistics for parametric situations, and clear strong apt advice to help achieve sound use of statistics and avoid some of the horrors, such as significance trolling.
There are 21 chapters, organized into three sections
--Part 1 (Vital Statistics About Statistics), Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, including everyday applications and tools of the trade such as definitions of variable, popularion, and confidence interval
--Part II (Number-Crunching Basics), Chapters 5, 6, 7, on central tendency, graphing categorical data, graphing numerical data
--Part IIII ( Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem), Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11 introducing random variables and the binomal distribution, the normal distribution, and the t-distribution, sampling distributions and the central limit theorem
-- Part IV (Guestimating and Hypothesizing with Confidence) Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, covering confidence concepts & indicators, p value concepts & applications, hypothesis testing formulae and examples
--Part V ( Statistics Studies and the Hunt for a Meaningful Relationship) with Chapters 16, 17, 18, and 19 dealing mostly with correlations and regression for quantitative, normally distributed data, two-way tables and probabilities
--Part VI is two bonus chapters, one on data sleuthing and the other on "ten surefire ways to boost your statistics exam score."
There's a good index and an appendix with the Z-table, the t-table, a set of bionomial tables up to n=20 each with a page of specific instructions on how to get p values or otherwise use the three tables. In all, 370 pages in the style---typography, side icons, and profuse examples including worked-out computations, of the 'for dummies" series.
ANY ALERTS? Yes.
--As other reviewers have eloquently said, this is suuplementary, an adjunct, a source-book text not a substitute for a full-on course in statistics. However, it seems great for purposes such as mine where I can give the students sections to read and pages for finding...as handy for my own use
--BOOK II IS NEEDED!!!! There is little on non-parametric measures beyond offering the median, mode, sem-interquartile range and such. Statistics for Dummies ii (which I review separately) is 390 pages covering the Chi Square test and its varied applications, as well as signed ranks, Kruskal-wallis, and the somewhat more advanced analyses such as regression, multiple regression, ANOVA, MANOVA, and dealing with non-linearity. Yes, there is some overlap but II is worth i's relatively low cost
OVERALL: The American Statistical Association released in March 2016 its first ever institutional statement on a major statistical policy (Wasserman and Lazar, The ASA's statement on p-values: context, process, and purpose.) This is NOT a book but a free. downloadable statement and does not compete with the published text such as "Statistics for Dummies."
Some reviewers were concerned about a possible over-emphasis on warnings, advice, and no-nos as maybe filler material. So I cross-walked the ASA policy statements on p values re context, process, and purpose. EVERY ITEM ASA emphasized is covered in this book, vividly, often, and appropriately. To me, that's underscoring author Deborah J. Rumsey's mastery of her material and ability to communicate it --- and of a certain ESP since this book was written well-before the ASA statement.
Thank you, Professor Rumsey.
Bottom line: I highly recommend "Statistics for Dummies."
Recommended to whoever is interested in teaching, in remembering or in exploring what statistics are for and why they're so important.