Understanding Basic Statistics, Brief

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-14
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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A condensed, streamlined version of the popular, widely usedUnderstandable Statistics,8/e, this text offers instructors an effective solution to teaching the essentials of statistics within a shorter time frame. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics,Understanding Basic Statistics,4/e is a thorough, accessible text that demonstrates the applicability of statistics in the real world. Student-friendly highlights of the Fourth Edition include solutions and key steps to odd-numbered problems, highlighted definitions, Expand Your Knowledge and Cumulative Review Problems, and a complete technology package with additional learning opportunities and skills-reinforcement exercises. Coverage of regressionappears early in this edition. Proceduresprovide a brief summary of the statistical methods introduced in each chapter section. Examples and Guided Exercises demonstrate each Procedure. Cumulative Review Problemsappear at the end of Chapters 3, 6, 9, and 11 and integrate concepts introduced in the previous three chapters. Guided Exercisesimmediately follow selected examples and provide an opportunity for students to explore new concepts. Worked-out solutions next to each exercise give students immediate reinforcement. Focus Points!at the beginning of each section introduce the topics to be covered. Data Highlights: Group Projectsat the end of each chapter simulate real-world working situations. Together students discuss topics, analyze data, and formulate a group response to questions posed in the exercise. Linking Concepts: Writing Projectschallenge students to craft an essay response to questions that apply statistical concepts to real life situations.

Table of Contents

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, Median, and Mean
Measures of Variation
Percentiles and Box-and Whisker Plots Cumulative Review Problems: Ch. 13
Correlation and Regression Focus Problem: Changing Populations and Crime Rate
Scatter Diagrams and Linear Correlation
Linear Regression and the Coefficient of Determination
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 of Extrovert?
Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions
Binomial Probabilities
Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution Cumulative Review Problems: Ch. 46
Normal Curves and Sampling Distributions Focus Problem: Impulse Buying
Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions
Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution
Areas Under Any Normal Curve
Sampling Distributions
The Central Limit Theorem
Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution
Estimation Focus Problem: Trick or Treat!!!
Estimating mu; When sigma; is Known
Estimating mu; When sigma; is Unknown
Estimatingpin the Binomial Distribution
Hypothesis Testing Focus Problem: Benford's Law: The Importance of Being No.1
Introduction to Statistical Tests
Testing the Mean of mu;
Testing a Proportionp
Inferences About Differences Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks
Test Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples)
Inferences About Differences of Two Means mu;1-mu;2
Inferences About the Difference of Two Proportionsp1-p2
Additional Topics Using Inference Focus Problem: Stone Age Tools and Archaeology
Inferences Using the Chi-Square Distribution
Chi-Square: Tests of Independence
Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
Testing a Single Variance or Standard Deviation
Inferences Relating to Linear Regression
Inferences for Correlation and Regression Cumulative Review Problems Problems: Ch.1011
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