Statistics : Informed Decisions Using Data

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-17
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Michael Sullivan’s Statistics: Informed Decisions Using Data, Third Edition, connects statistical concepts to readers’ lives, helping them to think critically, become informed consumers, and make better decisions. Throughout the book, “Putting It Together” features help readers visualize the relationships among various statistical concepts. This feature extends to the exercises, providing a consistent vision of the bigger picture of statistics.

Statistics isn't an easy subject by any stretch and this book does a decent job of explaining complicated topics. The questions posed at the end of each section and chapter help narrow the focus as you can check your work in the back of the book for most questions. The author also includes instructions for how to perform the same procedures using TI-83/84 calculator, Minitab and Excel, which is extremely helpful.

GETTING THE INFORMATION YOU NEED: Data Collection; DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: Organizing and Summarizing Data; Numerically Summarizing Data; Describing the Relation between Two Variables; PROBABILITY AND PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS: Probability; Discrete Probability Distributions; The Normal Probability Distribution; INFERENCE: FROM SAMPLES TO POPULATION: Sampling Distributions; Estimating the Value of a Parameter Using Confidence Intervals; Hypothesis Tests Regarding a Parameter; Inferences on Two Samples; Inference on Categorical Data; Comparing Three or More Means; Inference on the Least-Squares Regression Model and Multiple Regression; Nonparametric Statistics (on CD)

For all readers interested in introductory statistics.

Author Biography

With training in mathematics, statistics, and economics, Mike Sullivan, III has a varied teaching background that includes 15 years of instruction in both high school and college-level mathematics. He is currently a full-time professor of mathematics and statistics at Joliet Junior College. Mike has numerous textbooks in publication in addition to his Introductory Statistics Series, which include a Developmental Math series, and a Precalculus series, which he writes with his father, Michael Sullivan.  Mike has built this book in the classroom using feedback from his students. He is well aware of the challenges of students taking an introductory statistics course.  His goal is for students to be more informed interpreters of data, so that they will be better decision makers and have stronger critical-thinking skills. When not in the classroom or writing, Michael enjoys spending time with his three children, Michael, Kevin, and Marissa, and playing golf.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Instructor
Technology Resources
An Introduction to the Applets
Applications Index
Getting the Information You Need
Data Collection
Introduction to the Practice of Statistics
Observational Studies versus Designed Experiments
Simple Random Sampling
Other Effective Sampling Methods
Bias in Sampling
The Design of Experiments
Chapter Test?
Making an Informed Decision:What Movie Should I Go To?
Case Study: Chrysalises for Cash
Descriptive Statistics
Organizing and Summarizing Data
Organizing Qualitative Data
Organizing Quantitative Data:The Popular Displays
Additional Displays of Quantitative Data
Graphical Misrepresentations of Data
Chapter Test
Making an Informed Decision:Tables or Graphs?
Case Study: The Day the Sky Roared
Numerically Summarizing Data
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion
Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion from Grouped Data
Measures of Position and Outliers
The Five-Number Summary and Boxplots
Chapter Test
Making an Informed Decision: What Car Should I Buy?
Case Study:Who Was "A Mourner?
Describing the Relation between Two Variables
Scatter Diagrams and Correlation
Least-Squares Regression
Diagnostics on the Least-Squares Regression Line
Contingency Tables and Association
Nonlinear Regression:Transformations (on CD)
Chapter Test
Making an Informed Decision: What Car Should I Buy?
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Great condition ! April 14, 2011
This is not a book I would just buy for the fun of it, however, it was required for my Stat. class and it certainly is easy to follow along. Michael Sullivan takes a hard subject and makes it easy for a "lay" person to understand. He also gives step by step instructions on how to calculate formulas using TI 83/84, Minitab and Excel. And as always, ecampus is great with shipping!
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