Even You Can Learn Statistics, 2/e

Even You Can Learn Statistics, 2/e

David M. Levine, Baruch College, City University of New York
David F. Stephan
Publisher: FT-Press an imprint of Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2010
Format: Paper; 370 pp
Published: 08/14/2009
Status: In stock
Website www.ftpress.com/youcanlearnstatistics2e


Introduction The Even You Can Learn Statistics Owners Manual

  1. Fundamentals of Statistics
  2. Presenting Data in Charts and Tables
  3. Descriptive Statistics
  4. Basic Probability
  5. Probability Distributions
  6. Sampling Distributions and Confidence Intervals
  7. Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing
  8. Hypothesis Testing: Z and t Tests
  9. Hypothesis Testing: Chi-Square Tests and the One Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  10. Simple Linear Regression Analysis
  11. Multiple Regression
  12. Quality and Six Sigma Applications of Statistics

Appendix A. Calculator and Spreadsheet Operation and Configuration

Appendix B. Review of Arithmetic and Algebra

Appendix C. Statistical Tables

Appendix D Spreadsheet Tips

Appendix E Advanced Techniques

Appendix F Documentation for Downloadable Data Files



Mathematics is Always Optional!

Never mastered higher mathematics—or generally fearful of math? Not to worry, because in Even You Can Learn Statistics you will find that every concept is explained in plain English, without the use of higher mathematics or mathematical symbols. Interested in the mathematical foundations behind statistics? Even You Can Learn Statistics includes Equation Blackboards, stand-alone sections that present the equations behind statistical methods and complement the main material. Either way, you can learn statistics.

Learning with the Concept-Interpretation Approach

Even You Can Learn Statistics uses a Concept-Interpretation approach to help you learn statistics. For each important statistical concept, you will first find a

Concept, a plain language definition that uses no complicated mathematical terms followed by an

Interpretation that fully explains the concept and its importance to statistics. When necessary, these sections also review the misconceptions and the errors people make when trying to apply the concept.

For simpler concepts, an Examples section lists real-life examples or applications of the statistical concepts. For more involved concepts, Worked-out Problems provide a complete solution to a statistical problem—including actual spreadsheet and calculator results—that illustrate how you can apply the concept to your own situations.

Practicing Statistics While You Learn Statistics

To help you learn statistics, you should always review the worked-out problems that appear in this book. As you review them, you can practice what you have just learned, by using the optional Calculator Keys or Spreadsheet Solution sections..

Calculator Keys sections give you the keystroke-by-keystroke steps to perform statistical analysis using one of the calculators from the Texas Instruments TI-83 and TI-84 family. (You can also adapt many sections for use with other TI statistical calculators.)

Prefer to practice using a personal computer spreadsheet program? Spreadsheet Solution sections allow you to use Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc 3 as you learn statistics. Spreadsheet files available for free download from this book’s website (ftpress.com/youcanlearnstatistics), provide immediate solutions and models for your own spreadsheet statistical analysis.

Spreadsheet program users will also benefit from the Spreadsheet Tips and Advanced Techniques appendices that help teach you more about spreadsheets as you learn statistics.

And if technical issues or instructions have ever confounded you using a calculator or spreadsheet in the past, this book also includes a separate appendix (appendix A) that details the technical configuration issues you may face as well as explains the conventions used in all technical instructions that appear in this book.

In-Chapter Aids

As you read a chapter, look for Important Point icons that highlight key definitions and explanations. File icons {insert file icon} identify files that allow you to examine the data in selected problems. (These files are available for free download that you can download from the book’s website.) Spreadsheet and calculator results appear throughout so that you can examine results even if you do not plan to use or have access to a calculator or spreadsheet program..

Interested in the mathematical foundations of statistics? Then look for the Interested in Math icon throughout the book. But remember, you can skip any or all of these sections without losing any comprehension of the statistical methods presented as math is always optional in this book!

End-of-Chapter Features

At the end of most chapters of Even You Can Learn Statistics you will find these features that can you review and reinforce your learning.

Important Equations

A list of the important equations discussed in the chapter. Even if you are not interested in the mathematics of the statistical methods and have skipped the Equation Blackboards in the book, you can use these lists for reference and later study.

One-Minute Summaries

A quick review of the significant topics of a chapter in outline form. When appropriate, the summaries also help guide you to make the right decisions about applying statistics to the data you seek to analyze.

Test Yourself

Explore how much you have retained with a set of short answer questions and problems that allow you to review and test yourself (with answers provided) on the concepts presented in a chapter.

New to the Second edition

The following features are new to this second edition:

  • Problems including answers are included as part of the Test Yourself sections at the end of chapters
  • Expanded coverage of the use of spreadsheet programs for solving statistical programs.
  • A new chapter (Chapter 11) covers the essentials of multiple regression that expands on the concepts of simple linear regression covered in Chapter 10.
  • Many new and revised examples are included throughout the book.