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Statistics, 9th Edition

Drawing upon over 40 years of experience, the authors of this highly accessible book provide business professionals with a clear and methodical approach to essential statistical procedures. The ninth edition clearly explains the basic concepts and procedures of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. It features a new emphasis on expressions involving sums of squares and degrees of freedom as well as a stronger stress on the importance of variability. This accessible approach will help business professionals tackle such perennially mystifying topics as the standard deviation, variance interpretation of the correlation coefficient, hypothesis tests, degrees of freedom, p-values, and estimates of effect size.

This textbook was selected for me to use in teaching statistics to undergraduates. I’ve just finished reading it and I am, on the whole, very pleased. It is much easier to understand than any of the statistics texts I used in upper division courses or graduate school. It is straight forward and concise yet has a fairly conversational style. The only downside is the need for text corrections (about ½ a page worth) but these are available from the book’s companion website and can be handed out the first day of class to avoid student frustration.

My intermediate statistics professor is convinced that this is “the best intro stats textbook out there,” but I’m not so sure. It’s quite competent, yes, but some of the details are a little funky. For instance, the chapter on correlation precedes the discussion of power, so there is no mention in the book of appropriate sample sizes for a correlational study. Also, the ninth edition has very few substantive changes from the eighth. There are a few subtle differences in, for instance, the numbers used in examples and questions. On the other hand, there is a random number table and a good discussion of how to use it, and the z, t, and F tables are set up well and their use is explained clearly. As a student, I wish that there were pages of formulas, but I suppose making my own is a learning experience. If you are looking for a statistics text that incorporates PASW (SPSS), this book is not for you. There is mention that the software exists, but that’s it. It sounds as though I really dislike this textbook, but I don’t. The language is clear and the examples are appropriate and interesting, which is more than I can say for some statistics textbooks! The explanation of the sampling distribution is particularly skillful.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470392223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470392225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 1 inches

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