Synopses & Reviews
Understandable Statistics is a thorough, yet approachable statistics text. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics, the text provides guidance and informal advice showing students the links between statistics and their everyday lives. To reinforce this approach, the book integrates real-life data selected from a variety of sources including journals, periodicals, newspapers and the Internet. The use of graphing calculators, Excel, Minitab and SPSS is covered, but not required. A set of technology resources accompanying the Eighth Edition, designed to provide reinforcement for struggling students, includes a market-leading video and DVD series, interactive lessons, and simulations.Procedures, brief summary outlines, review the basic assumptions and statistical methods of each section.Solutions and key-steps to odd-numbered problems reflect the steps shown in the procedures.Expand Your Knowledge problems challenge students to explore and expand upon basic concepts presented in the text.Interactive lessons, available in Eduspace online learning environment, combine animation, voice instruction, video, and other elements to illustrate important statistical concepts.e-Book (electronic version of the text) provides an enhanced learning environment that reinforces concepts through the use of web links, interactive lessons, simulations, and video.Simulations (Java-based applets) allow students to manipulate data to simulate the effects of changes in the statistical environment.Technology Focus problems now include instructions for the SPSS statistical software package.Guided Exercises immediately following selected examples give students theopportunity to work with new concepts before they are presented in the text. Completely worked-out solutions beside each exercise give immediate reinforcement.Chapter Preview Questions ask the most pertinent questions that a student should be able to answer after reading the chapter material. Section numbers provided with the questions refer students to the relevant material in the text.Tech Notes provide general tips on appropriate use of the TI-83 Plus, Minitab, SPSS, and Excel. They also incorporate display screens from each of these technologies to help students work through a statistical problem and better understand the solution. Denoted by an icon, Tech Notes appears in section examples when appropriate.Data Highlights: Group Projects at the end of each chapter give students practice at the type of collaborative work they might be expected to do when they enter the workforce.Eduspace provides instructors with online courses and content. By pairing the widely recognized tools of Blackboard with high-quality, text-specific content from Houghton Mifflin, Eduspace makes it easy for instructors to create all or part of a course online. Homework exercises, quizzes, tests, tutorials, and supplemental study materials come ready to use and can be edited or supplemented with instructors' own material.The Instructor's Resource Manual features a complete version of the text with added teaching tips, pedagogical suggestions, and answers located in the margins next to the applicable exercises.
Synopsis
"Understandable Statistics" is a thorough, yet approachable statistics text. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics, the text provides guidance and informal advice showing students the links between statistics and their everyday lives. To reinforce this approach, the book integrates real-life data selected from a variety of sources including journals, periodicals, newspapers and the Internet. The use of graphing calculators, Excel, Minitab and SPSS is covered, but not required. A set of technology resources accompanying the Eighth Edition, designed to provide reinforcement for struggling students, includes a market-leading video and DVD series, interactive lessons, and simulations."Procedures," brief summary outlines, review the basic assumptions and statistical methods of each section."Solutions and key-steps to odd-numbered problems" reflect the steps shown in the procedures."Expand Your Knowledge" problems challenge students to explore and expand upon basic concepts presented in the text."Interactive lessons," available in Eduspace online learning environment, combine animation, voice instruction, video, and other elements to illustrate important statistical concepts."e-Book" (electronic version of the text) provides an enhanced learning environment that reinforces concepts through the use of web links, interactive lessons, simulations, and video."Simulations" (Java-based applets) allow students to manipulate data to simulate the effects of changes in the statistical environment."Technology Focus problems" now include instructions for the SPSS statistical software package."Guided Exercises" immediately following selected examples give students theopportunity to work with new concepts before they are presented in the text. Completely worked-out solutions beside each exercise give immediate reinforcement."Chapter Preview Questions" ask the most pertinent questions that a student should be able to answer after reading the chapter material. Section numbers provided with the questions refer students to the relevant material in the text."Tech Notes!" provide general tips on appropriate use of the TI-83 Plus, Minitab, SPSS, and Excel. They also incorporate display screens from each of these technologies to help students work through a statistical problem and better understand the solution. Denoted by an icon, Tech Notes appears in section examples when appropriate."Data Highlights: Group Projects" at the end of each chapter give students practice at the type of collaborative work they might be expected to do when they enter the workforce.Eduspace provides instructors with online courses and content. By pairing the widely recognized tools of Blackboard with high-quality, text-specific content from Houghton Mifflin, Eduspace makes it easy for instructors to create all or part of a course online. Homework exercises, quizzes, tests, tutorials, and supplemental study materials come ready to use and can be edited or supplemented with instructors' own material.The Instructor' s Resource Manual features a complete version of the text with added teaching tips, pedagogical suggestions, and answers located in the margins next to the applicable exercises.
Synopsis
Understandable Statistics is a thorough, yet approachable statistics text. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics, the text provides guidance and informal advice showing students the links between statistics and their everyday lives. To reinforce this approach, the book integrates real-life data selected from a variety of sources including journals, periodicals, newspapers and the Internet. The use of graphing calculators, Excel, Minitab and SPSS is covered, but not required. A set of technology resources accompanying the Eighth Edition, designed to provide reinforcement for struggling students, includes a market-leading video and DVD series, interactive lessons, and simulations.
About the Author
Charles Brase has more than 30 years of full-time teaching experience in mathematics and statistics. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, for several years and at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for more than 28 years. Charles received the Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Hawaii and the Faculty Member of the Year award from Regis University on two occasions. He earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has a Ph.D. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Physics. Corrinne has taught at Hawaii Pacific College, Honolulu Community College, and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She was also involved in the mathematics component of an equal opportunity program at the University of Colorado. Corrinne received the Faculty of the Year award from Arapahoe Community College. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has an M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics.
Table of Contents
Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Important Words and Symbols, Chapter Review Problems, Data Highlights: Group Projects, Linking Concepts: Writing Projects, and Using Technology. 1. Getting Started Focus Problem: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone? 1.1 What Is Statistics? 1.2 Random Samples 1.3 Introduction to Experimental Design 2. Organizing Data Focus Problem: Say It with Pictures 2.1 Bar Graphs, Circle Graphs, and Time-Series Graphs 2.2 Frequency Distributions, Histograms, and Related Topics 2.3 Stem-and-Leaf Displays 3. Averages and Variation Focus Problem: The Educational Advantage 3.1 Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Median, and Mean 3.2 Measures of Variation 3.3 Mean and Standard Deviation of Grouped Data 3.4 Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 1-3 4. Elementary Probability Theory Focus Problem: How Often Do Lie Detectors Lie? 4.1 What is Probability? 4.2 Some Probability Rules--Compound Events 4.3 Trees and Counting Techniques 5. The Binomial Probability: Distribution and Related Topics Focus Problem: Personality Preference Types: Introvert or Extrovert? 5.1 Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions 5.2 Binomial Probabilities 5.3 Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution 5.4 The Geometric and Poissson Probability Distributions 6. Normal Distributions Focus Problem: Large Auditorium Shows: How Many Will Attend? 6.1 Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions 6.2 Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution 6.3 Areas Under Any Normal Curve 6.4 Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 4-6 7. Introduction to Sampling Distributions Focus Problem: Impulse Buying 7.1 Sampling Distributions 7.2 The Central Limit Theorem 7.3 Sampling Distribution for Proportions 8. Estimation Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks 8.1 Estimating m When o Is Known 8.2 Estimating m When o Is Unknown 8.3 Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution 8.4 Choosing the Sample Size 8.5 Estimating m1-m2 and p1-p2 9. Hypothesis Testing Focus Problem: Benford's Law: The Importance of Being Number 1 9.1 Introduction to Statistical Tests 9.2 Testing the Mean m 9.3 Testing a Proportion p 9.4 Tests Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples) 9.5 Testing m1-m2 and p1-p2 Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 7-9 10. Correlation and Regression Focus Problem: Changing Populations and Crime Rate 10.1 Scatter Diagrams and Linear Correlation 10.2 Linear Regression and the Coefficient of Determination 10.3 Inferences for Correlation and Regression 10.4 Multiple Regression 11. Chi Square and F Distributions Focus Problem: Stone Age Tools and Archaeology Part I. Inferences Using the Chi-Square Distribution 11.1 Chi-Square: Tests of Independence 11.2 Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit 11.3 Testing and Estimating a Single Variance or Standard Deviation Part II. Inferences Using the F Distribution 11.4 Testing Two Variances 11.5 One-Way ANOVA: Comparing Several Sample Means 11.6 Introduction to Two-Way ANOVA 12. Nonparametric Statistics Focus Problem: How Cold? Compared to What? 12.1 The Sign Test for Matched Pairs 12.2 The Rank-Sum Test 12.3 Spearman Rank Correlation 12.4 Runs Test for Randomness Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 10-12 Appendix I: Additional Topics Part I: Bayes's Theorem Part II: The Hypergeometric Probability Distribution Appendix II: Tables 1. Random Numbers 2. Binomial Coefficients Cn,r 3. Binomial Probability Distribution Cn,rprqn-r 4. Poisson Probability Distribution 5. Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution 6. Critical Values for Student's t Distribution 7. The x2 Distribution 8. Critical Values for F Distribution 9. Critical Values for Spearman Rank Correlation, rs 10. Critical Values for Number of Runs R