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Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life

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9780201771282

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ISBN10:
0201771284
Edition:
2nd
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Addison Wesley
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Summary

The goals of the book are to help students develop an understanding of statistics and develop their statistical reasoning skills. This text approaches statistics by presenting an overall picture, then providing an explanation of the topics in context. Students develop an understanding of statistics that is reinforced in the exercises, Web projects, and Focus On features.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
To the Student: How to Succeed in Your Statistics Course xvi
Applications Index xvii
Speaking of Statistics
1(50)
What Is/Are Statistics?
2(9)
Sampling
11(10)
Types of Statistical Study
21(12)
Should You Believe a Statistical Study?
33(18)
Focus on Sociology: Does Daycare Breed Bullies?
46(3)
Focus on Public Health: Is Your Lifestyle Healthy?
49(2)
Measurement in Statistics
51(36)
Data Types and Levels of Measurement
52(5)
Dealing with Errors
57(9)
Uses of Percentages in Statistics
66(7)
Index Numbers
73(14)
Focus on Politics: Who Benefits from a Tax Cut?
81(2)
Focus on Economics: Does the Consumer Price Index Really Measure Inflation?
83(4)
Visual Displays of Data
87(60)
Frequency Tables
88(10)
Picturing Distributions of Data
98(15)
Graphics in the Media
113(15)
A Few Cautions About Graphics
128(19)
Focus on History: Can War Be Described with a Graph?
140(3)
Focus on Environment: How Much Carbon Dioxide Is in the Atmosphere?
143(4)
Describing Data
147(40)
What Is Average?
148(11)
Shapes of Distributions
159(7)
Measures of Variation
166(21)
Focus on the Stock Market: What's Average About the Dow?
181(3)
Focus on Economics: Are the Rich Getting Richer?
184(3)
A Normal World
187(38)
What Is Normal?
188(10)
Properties of the Normal Distribution
198(11)
The Central Limit Theorem
209(16)
Focus on Education: What Do SAT Scores Mean?
218(3)
Focus on Psychology: Are We Smarter Than Our Parents?
221(4)
Probability in Statistics
225(48)
The Role of Probability in Statistics: Statistical Significance
226(4)
Basics of Probability
230(14)
Probabilities with Large Numbers
244(10)
Combining Probabilities
254(19)
Focus on Social Science: Are Lotteries Fair?
266(3)
Focus on Law: Is DNA Fingerprinting Reliable?
269(4)
Correlation and Causality
273(52)
Seeking Correlation
274(17)
Interpreting Correlations
291(9)
Best-Fit Lines and Prediction
300(9)
The Search for Causality
309(16)
Focus on Education: What Helps Children Read?
319(3)
Focus on Public Health: What Do Disease Clusters Mean?
322(3)
From Samples to Populations
325(34)
Sampling Distributions
326(12)
Estimating Population Means
338(9)
Estimating Population Proportions
347(12)
Focus on Media: Did NBC Lose $66 Million to a Nielsen Sampling Error?
355(2)
Focus on Literature: How Many Words Did Shakespeare Know?
357(2)
Hypothesis Testing
359(48)
Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing
360(7)
Setting Up Hypothesis Tests
367(6)
Hypothesis Tests for Population Means
373(11)
Hypothesis Testing: Further Considerations
384(8)
Hypothesis Testing: Population Proportions
392(15)
Focus on History: Where Did Statistics Begin?
401(3)
Focus on Agriculture: Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?
404(3)
Further Applications of Statistics
407(46)
Ideas of Risk and Life Expectancy
408(8)
Statistical Paradoxes
416(10)
Hypothesis Testing with Two-Way Tables
426(27)
Focus on Criminology: Can You Tell a Fraud When You See One?
446(4)
Focus on Education: What Can a Fourth-Grader Do with Statistics?
450(3)
Epilogue 453(1)
Appendix A: State Data 454(4)
Appendix B: Table of Random Numbers 458(1)
Suggested Readings 459(2)
Credits 461
Glossary 1(1)
Answers 1(1)
Index 1


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