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# Intuitive Biostatistics : A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking

**by**Motulsky, Harvey

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### 9780199730063

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1/20/2010

Oxford University Press

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## Summary

Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of Intuitive Biostatistics retains and refines the core perspectives of the previous edition: a focus on how to interpret statistical results rather than on how to analyze data, minimal use of equations, and a detailed review of assumptions and common mistakes. Intuitive Biostatistics, Completely Revised Second Edition, provides a clear introduction to statistics for undergraduate and graduate students and also serves as a statistics refresher for working scientists. NEW TO THIS EDITION: * Chapter 1 shows how our intuitions lead us to misinterpret data, thus explaining the need for statistical rigor. * Chapter 11 explains the lognormal distribution, an essential topic omitted from many other statistics books. * Chapter 21 contrasts testing for equivalence with testing for differences. * Chapters 22, 23, and 40 explore the pervasive problem of multiple comparisons. * Chapters 24 and 25 review testing for normality and outliers. * Chapter 35 shows how statistical hypothesis testing can be understood as comparing the fits of alternative models. * Chapters 37 and 38 provide a brief introduction to multiple, logistic, and proportional hazards regression. * Chapter 46 reviews one example in great depth, reviewing numerous statistical concepts and identifying common mistakes. * Chapter 47 includes 49 multi-part problems, with answers fully discussed in Chapter 48. * New "Q and A" sections throughout the book review key concepts.

## Author Biography

Previously held faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego. Currently, founder of GraphPad Software, Inc.

## Table of Contents

Preface | |

Introducing Statistics | |

Statistics and Probability Are Not Intuitive | |

Why Statistics Can Be Hard to Learn | |

From Sample to Population | |

Confidence Intervals | |

Confidence Interval of a Proportion | |

Confidence Interval of Survival Data | |

Confidence Interval of Counted Data | |

Continuous Variables | |

Graphing Continuous Data | |

Types of Variables | |

Quantifying Scatter | |

The Gaussian Distribution | |

The Lognormal Distribution and Geometric Mean | |

Confidence Interval of a Mean | |

The Theory of Confidence Intervals | |

Error Bars | |

P Values And Significance | |

Introducing P Values | |

Statistical Significance and Hypothesis Testing | |

Relationship Between Confidence Intervals and Statistical Significance | |

Interpreting a Result That is Statistically Significant | |

Interpreting a Result That Is Not Statistically Significant | |

Statistical Power | |

Testing For Equivalence or Noninferiority | |

Challenges In Statistics | |

Multiple Comparisons Concepts | |

Multiple Comparison Traps | |

Gaussian or Not? | |

Outliers | |

Statistical Tests | |

Comparing Observed and Expected Distributions | |

Comparing Proportions: Prospective and Experimental Studies | |

Comparing Proportions: Case-Control Studies | |

Comparing Survival Curves | |

Comparing Two Means: Unpaired t test | |

Comparing Two Paired Groups | |

Correlation | |

Fitting Models To Data | |

Simple Linear Regression | |

Models | |

Comparing Models | |

Nonlinear Regression | |

Multiple, Logistic, and Proportional Hazards Regression | |

Multiple Regression Traps | |

The Rest Of Statistics | |

Analysis of Variance | |

Multiple Comparison Tests After ANOVA | |

Nonparametric Methods | |

Sensitivity Specificity and Receiver-Operator Characteristic Curves | |

Sample Size | |

Putting It All Together | |

Statistical Advice | |

Choosing a Statistical Test | |

Capstone Example | |

Review Problems | |

Answers to Review Problems | |

AppendiceS | |

Statistics with GraphPad | |

Statistics With Excel | |

Statistics R | |

Values of the t Distribution Needed to Compute CIs | |

A Review of Logarithms | |

References | |

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