Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-27
  • Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
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KEY BENEFIT:Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, Third Edition,teaches students how to be better consumers of information by showing the role of statistics in many aspects of everyday life. This text uses real examples and case studies to build an understanding of the core ideas of statistics that can be applied to a variety of subject areas. The authors include data from real sources to help students become better critical thinkers and decision makers, whether they decide to start a new business, plan for their financial future, or just watch the news. KEY TOPICS: Speaking of Statistics; Measurement in Statistics; Visual Displays of Data; Describing Data; A Normal World; Probability in Statistics; Correlation and Causality; From Samples to Populations; Hypothesis Testing;tTests, Two-Way Tables, and ANOVA. MARKET: For all readers interested in statistics.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Bennett specializes in mathematics and science education. In addition to his work in mathematics, Dr. Bennett (whose PhD is in astrophysics) has written leading college-level textbooks in mathematics, astronomy, statistics, and the new science of astrobiology, as well as books for the general public. He also proposed and developed both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System, a permanent, outdoor exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He has recently begun writing science books for children, including the award-winning Max Goes to the Moon and Max Goes to Mars.


William L. Briggs has been on the mathematics faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver for 22 years. He developed the quantitative reasoning course for liberal arts students at the University of Colorado at Denver, supported by his textbook Using and Understanding Mathematics. He is a University of Colorado President's Teaching Scholar, an Outstanding Teacher awardee of the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland.


Mario F. Triola is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he taught statistics for more than 30 years. Marty [change to Dr. Triola to match Dr. Bennett above?] is the author of Elementary Statistics, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, Elementary Statistics Using the TI-83/84 Plus Calculator, Essentials of Statistics, and a co-author of Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, and Business Statistics. He has written several manuals and workbooks for technology supporting statistics education. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Mario F. Triola a “Texty” for Excellence, for his work on Elementary Statistics.

Table of Contents

To the Student: How to Succeed in Your Statistics Course
Applications Index
Speaking of Statistics
What Is/Are Statistics?
Types of Statistical Studies
Should You Believe a Statistical Study?
Focus on Sociology: Does Daycare Breed Bullies?
Focus on Public Health: Is Your Lifestyle Healthy?
Measurement in Statistics
Data Types and Levels of Measurement
Dealing with Errors
Uses of Percentages in Statistics
Index Numbers
Focus on Politics: Who Benefits from a Tax Cut?
Focus on Economics: Is our Standard of Living Improving?
Visual Displays of Data
Frequency Tables
Picturing Distributions of Data
Graphics in the Media
A Few Cautions About Graphics
Using Technology
Focus on History: Can War Be Described with a Graph?
Focus on Environment: How Can We Visualize Global Warming?
Describing Data
What Is Average?
Shapes of Distributions
Measures of Variation
Statistical Paradoxes
Using Technology
Focus on The Stock Market: What's Average About the Dow?
Focus on Economics: Are the Rich Getting Richer?
A Normal World
What Is Normal?
Properties of the Normal Distribution
The Central Limit Theorem
Using Technology
Focus on Education: What Can We Learn from SAT Trends?
Focus on Psychology: Are We Smarter than Our Parents?
Probability in Statistics
The Role of Probability in Statistics: Statistical Significance
Basics of Probability
Probabilities with Large Numbers
Ideas of Risk and Life Expectancy
Combining Probabilities (Supplementary Section)
Focus on Social Science: Are Lotteries Fair?
Focus on Law: Is DNA Fingerprinting Reliable?
Correlation and Causality
Seeking Correlation
Interpreting Correlations
Best-Fit Lines and Prediction
The Search for Causality
Using Technology
Focus on Education: What Helps Children Learn to Read?
Focus on Environment: What Causes Global Warming?
From Samples to Populations
Sampling Distributions
Estimating Population Means
Estimating Population Proportions
Using Technology
Focus on History: Where Did Statistics Begin?
Focus on Literature: How Many Words Did Shakespeare Know?
Hypothesis Testing
Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing
Hypothesis Tests for Population Means
Hypothesis Testing: Population Proportions
Using Technology
Focus on Health & Education: Will Your Education Help You Live Longer?
Focus on Agriculture: Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?
Tests, Two-Way Tables, and ANOVA
Distribution for Inferences about a Mean
Hypothesis Testing with Two-Way Tables
Analysis of Variance (One-Way ANOVA)
Using Technology
Focus on Criminology: Can You Tell a Fraud When You See One?
Focus on Education: What Can a Fourth-Grader Do with Statistics?
Epilogue: A Perspective on Statistics
Score Tables
Table of Random Numbers
Suggested Readings
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