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Wouldn't it be great if there were a statistics book that made histograms, probability distributions, and chi square analysis more enjoyable than going to the dentist? Head First Statistics brings this typically dry subject to life, teaching you everything you want and need to know about statistics through engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking material, full of puzzles, stories, quizzes, visual aids, and real-world examples.

Whether you're a student, a professional, or just curious about statistical analysis, Head First's brain-friendly formula helps you get a firm grasp of statistics so you can understand key points and actually use them. Learn to present data visually with charts and plots; discover the difference between taking the average with mean, median, and mode, and why it's important; learn how to calculate probability and expectation; and much more.

Head First Statistics is ideal for high school and college students taking statistics and satisfies the requirements for passing the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam. With this book, you'll:

  • Study the full range of topics covered in first-year statistics
  • Tackle tough statistical concepts using Head First's dynamic, visually rich format proven to stimulate learning and help you retain knowledge
  • Explore real-world scenarios, ranging from casino gambling to prescription drug testing, to bring statistical principles to life
  • Discover how to measure spread, calculate odds through probability, and understand the normal, binomial, geometric, and Poisson distributions
  • Conduct sampling, use correlation and regression, do hypothesis testing, perform chi square analysis, and more

Before you know it, you'll not only have mastered statistics, you'll also see how they work in the real world. Head First Statistics will help you pass your statistics course, and give you a firm understanding of the subject so you can apply the knowledge throughout your life.

Book News Annotation:

This textbook for students preparing for the AP Statistics exam uses an entertaining and dynamic approach to the information, providing both real-world scenarios and interactive exercises to explain how these principles are employed in everyday life. Griffiths, an independent IT and mathematics consultant, uses humorous diagrams and photographs to make the subject both fun and easy to master, with plenty of practical references to sports statistics, gambling and even drug prescription testing. Appendices offer handy tables to such statistical matters as probabilities, critical values and distribution curves. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Head First Statistics" brings a typically difficult subject to life, teaching readers everything they want and need to know about statistics through engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking material, full of puzzles, stories, quizzes, visual aids, and real-world examples.

About the Author

Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university. She was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, and was offered a university scholarship to undertake a PhD studying particularly rare breeds of differential equations. She moved away from academia when she realized that people would stop talking to her at parties, and went on to pursue a career in software development instead. She currently combines IT consultancy with writing and mathematics.

When Dawn's not working on Head First books, you'll find her honing her Tai Chi skills, making bobbin lace or cooking nice meals. She hasn't yet mastered the art of doing all three at the same time.

She also enjoys traveling, and spending time with her lovely husband, David.

Table of Contents

Advance Praise for Head First Statistics Praise for other Head First books Author of Head First Statistics How to use this Book: Intro Chapter 1: Visualizing Information: First Impressions Chapter 2: Measuring Central Tendency: The Middle Way Chapter 3: Measuring Variability and Spread: Power Ranges Chapter 4: Calculating Probabilities: Taking Chances Chapter 5: Using Discrete Probability Distributions: Manage Your Expectations Chapter 6: Permutations and Combinations: Making Arrangements Chapter 7: Geometric, Binomial, and Poisson Distributions: Keeping Things Discrete Chapter 8: Using the Normal Distribution: Being Normal Chapter 9: Using the Normal Distribution ii: Beyond Normal Chapter 10: Using Statistical Sampling: Taking Samples Chapter 11: Estimating Populations and Samples: Making Predictions Chapter 12: Constructing Confidence Intervals: Guessing with Confidence Chapter 13: Using Hypothesis Tests: Look At The Evidence Chapter 14: The χ2 Distribution: There's Something Going On... Chapter 15: Correlation and Regression: What's My Line? Leftovers: The Top Ten Things (we didn't cover) Statistics Tables: Looking Things Up

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596527587
Author:
Griffiths, Dawn
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability and Statistics
Subject:
binomial;correlation;expectation;geometric;head first;histogram;normal curve;poisson;probability;regression;sampling;standard deviation;statistics
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Head First
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
718
Dimensions:
9.2 x 8 x 1.5 in 2.27 lb

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