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What is a p-value Anyway? offers a fun introduction to the fundamental principles of statistics, presenting the essential concepts in thirty-four brief, enjoyable stories. Drawing on his experience as a medical researcher, Vickers blends insightful explanations and humor, with minimal math, to help readers understand and interpret the statistics they read every day.
What is a p-value Anyway? is the perfect complement to any introductory statistics textbook and will succeed in demonstrating the everyday importance of statistics to your class. When I started writing this book, I wondered whether I could write something about statistics that was fun, at least in places.
This is how I came up with the idea of stories; you hear a story to help you understand something and you'll remember it for life. Hopefully, after you have read this textbook, you'll have a good understanding of many of the key ideas of statistics. You'll also be able to avoid making some of the most common statistical mistakes and errors.
Describing data; Data distributions; Variation of study results: confidence intervals; Hypothesis testing; Regression and decision making; Some common statistical errors, and what they teach us
For all readers interested in statistics.
|How to Read this Book||p. ix|
|I tell a friend that my job is more fun than you'd think: What is statistics?||p. 1|
|So Bill Gates walks into a diner: On means and medians||p. 4|
|Bill Gates goes back to the diner: Standard deviation and interquartile range||p. 7|
|A skewed shot, a biased referee||p. 12|
|You can't have 2.6 children: On different types of data||p. 16|
|Why your high school math teacher was right: How to draw a graph||p. 21|
|Chutes-and-ladders and serum hemoglobin levels: Thoughts on the normal distribution||p. 26|
|If the normal distribution is so normal, how come my dat'a never are?||p. 32|
|But I like that sweater: What amount of fit is a "good enough" fit?||p. 37|
|Variation of Study Results: Confidence Intervals|
|Long hair: A standard error of the older male||p. 41|
|How to avoid a rainy wedding: Variation and confidence intervals||p. 46|
|Statistical ties, and why you shouldn't wear one: More on confidence intervals||p. 50|
|Choosing a route to cycle home: What p-values do for us||p. 54|
|The probability of a dry toothbrush: What is a p-value anyway?||p. 57|
|Michael Jordan won't accept the null hypothesis: How to interpret high p-values||p. 61|
|The difference between sports and business: Thoughts on the t test and the Wilcoxon test||p. 64|
|Meeting up with friends: On sample size, precision and statistical power||p. 70|
|Regression and Decision Making|
|When to visit Chicago: About linear and logistic regression||p. 77|
|My assistant turns up for work with shorter hair: About regression and confounding||p. 84|
|I ignore my child's cough, my wife panics: About specificity and sensitivity||p. 90|
|Avoid the sales: Statistics to help make decisions||p. 95|
|Some Common Statistical Errors, and What They Teach Us|
|One better than Tommy John: Four statistical errors, some of which are totally trivial, but all of which matter a great deal||p. 99|
|Weed control for p-values: A single scientific question should be addressed by a single statistical test||p. 102|
|How to shoot a TV episode: Statistical analyses that don't provide meaningful numbers||p. 105|
|Sam, 93 years old, 700 pound Florida super-granddad: Two common errors in regression||p. 110|
|Regression to the Mike: A statistical explanation of why an eligible friend of mine is still single||p. 116|
|OJ Simpson, Sally Clark, George and me: About conditional probability||p. 119|
|Boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy starts multiple testing||p. 124|
|Some things that have never happened to me: Why you shouldn't compare p-values||p. 130|
|How to win the marathon: Avoiding errors when measuring things that happen over time||p. 133|
|The difference between bad statistics and a bacon sandwich: Are there "rules" in statistics?||p. 139|
|Look at your garbage bin: It may be the only thing you need to know about statistics||p. 142|
|Numbers that mean something: Linking math and science||p. 147|
|Statistics is about people, even if you can't see the tears||p. 151|
|Discussion Section Answers||p. 154|
|Credits and References||p. 209|
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