Understandable Statistics Concepts and Methods

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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UNDERSTANDABLE STATISTICS: CONCEPTS AND METHODS, Tenth Edition, is a thorough, yet accessible program designed to help readers overcome their apprehensions about statistics. The authors provide clear guidance and informal advice while showing the links between statistics and the world. To reinforce this approach--and make the material interesting as well as easier to understand--the book integrates real-life data from a variety of sources, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, and the Internet. Readers also have opportunities to develop their critical thinking and statistical literacy skills through special features and exercises throughout the text. The use of graphing calculators, Excel?, MINITAB?, and SPSS? is covered for those who wish to learn about these helpful tools.

Table of Contents

Table of Prerequisite Material
Getting Started
Focus Problem: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
What Is Statistics
Random Samples
Introduction to Experimental Design
Organizing Data
Focus Problem: Say It with Pictures
Frequency Distributions, Histograms, and Related Topics
Bar Graphs, Circle Graphs, and Time-Series Graphs
Stem-and-Leaf Displays
Averages And Variation
Focus Problem: The Educational Advantage
Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Mediate, and Mean
Measures of Variation
Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots
Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 1-3
Elementary Probability Theory
Focus Problem: How Often Do Lie Detectors Lie?
What Is Probability?
Some Probability Rules--Compound Events
Trees and Counting Techniques
The Binomial Probability Distribution And Related Topics
Focus Problem: Personality Preference Types
Introvert or Extrovert?
Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions
Binomial Probabilities
Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution
The Geometric and Poisson Probability Distributions
Normal Distributions
Focus Problem: Impulse Buying
Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions
Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution
Areas Under Any Normal Curve
Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution
Sampling Distributions
The Central Limit Theorem
Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 4-6
Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks
Estimating ? When ? ?Is Known
Estimating ? When ?
Is Unknown
Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution
Estimating ? 1-? 2 and p1-p2
Hypothesis Testing
Focus Problem: Benford's Law
The Importance of Being Number
Introduction to Statistical Tests
Testing the Mean ?
Testing a Proportion p
Tests Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples)
Testing ?1-?2 and p1-p2 (Independent Samples)
Correlation And Regression
Focus Problem: Changing Populations and Crime Rate
Scatter Diagrams and Linear Correlation
Linear Regression and the Coefficient of Determination
Inferences for Correlation and Regression
Multiple Regression
Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 7-9
Chi-Square And F Distributions
Focus Problem: Archaeology in Bandelier National Monument
Inferences Using the Chi-Square Distribution
Overview of the Chi-Square Distribution
Chi-Square: Tests of Independence and of Homogeneity
Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
Testing and Estimating a Single Variance or Standard Deviation
Inferences Using the F Distribution
Testing Two Variances
One-Way ANOVA: Comparing Several Sample Means
Introduction to Two-Way ANOVA
Nonparametric Statistics
Focus Problem: How Cold?
Compared to What?
The Sign Test for Matched Pairs
The Rank-Sum TeSt. Spearman Rank Correlation
Runs Test for Randomness
Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 10-12
Additional Topics
Bayes's Theorem
The Hypergeometric Probability Distribution
Random Numbers
Binomial Coefficients
Binomial Probability Distribution
Poisson Probability Distribution
Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution
Critical Values for Student's t Distribution
The X2 Distribution
Critical Values for F Distribution
Critical Values for Spearman Rank Correlation
Critical Values for Number of Runs R
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