Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0321286723
ISBN-13: 9780321286727
Edition: 3rd 2009
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Description: KEY BENEFIT:Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, Third Edition,teaches students how to be better consumers of information by showing the role of statistics in many aspects of everyday life. This text uses real examples and case studies to build  More...

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List price: $119.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 512
Size: 10.00" wide x 8.05" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

KEY BENEFIT:Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, Third Edition,teaches students how to be better consumers of information by showing the role of statistics in many aspects of everyday life. This text uses real examples and case studies to build an understanding of the core ideas of statistics that can be applied to a variety of subject areas. The authors include data from real sources to help students become better critical thinkers and decision makers, whether they decide to start a new business, plan for their financial future, or just watch the news. KEY TOPICS: Speaking of Statistics; Measurement in Statistics; Visual Displays of Data; Describing Data; A Normal World; Probability in Statistics; Correlation and Causality; From Samples to Populations; Hypothesis Testing;tTests, Two-Way Tables, and ANOVA. MARKET: For all readers interested in statistics.

Jeffrey BennettJeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He served two years as a visiting senior scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created NASA's "IDEAS" program, started a program to fly teachers aboard NASA's airborne observatories (including SOFIA), and worked on numerous educational programs For The Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the CU-Boulder campus And The Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in addition to this astronomy textbook, he has written college-level textbooks in astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; two books For The general public: on the Cosmic Horizon (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008); and an award-winning series of children's books that includes Max Goes To The Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and Max's Ice Age Adventure. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and in the daily adventures of life with his wife, Lisa; his children, Grant and Brooke; and his dog, Cosmo. His personal Website is www.jeffreybennett.com.Seth Shostak earned his B.A. in physics from Princeton University (1965) and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology (1972). He is currently a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, where he helps press the search for intelligent cosmic company. for much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies and investigated the fact that these massive objects contain large amounts of unseen mass. He has worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands (where he learned to speak bad Dutch). Seth also founded and ran a company that produced computer animation for television. He has written several hundred popular articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film, and television. A frequent fixture on the lecture circuit, Seth gives approximately 70 talks annually at both educational and corporate institutions, and he is also a frequent commentator on astronomical matters for radio and television. His book Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic, 2009) details the latest ideas, as well as the personal experience of his day job. When he's not trying to track down aliens, Seth can often be found behind the microphone, as host of the SETI Institute's weekly, one-hour radio show about science, Are We Alone.

Preface
Supplements
To the Student: How to Succeed in Your Statistics Course
Applications Index
Speaking of Statistics
What Is/Are Statistics?
Sampling
Types of Statistical Studies
Should You Believe a Statistical Study?
Focus on Sociology: Does Daycare Breed Bullies?
Focus on Public Health: Is Your Lifestyle Healthy?
Measurement in Statistics
Data Types and Levels of Measurement
Dealing with Errors
Uses of Percentages in Statistics
Index Numbers
Focus on Politics: Who Benefits from a Tax Cut?
Focus on Economics: Is our Standard of Living Improving?
Visual Displays of Data
Frequency Tables
Picturing Distributions of Data
Graphics in the Media
A Few Cautions About Graphics
Using Technology
Focus on History: Can War Be Described with a Graph?
Focus on Environment: How Can We Visualize Global Warming?
Describing Data
What Is Average?
Shapes of Distributions
Measures of Variation
Statistical Paradoxes
Using Technology
Focus on The Stock Market: What's Average About the Dow?
Focus on Economics: Are the Rich Getting Richer?
A Normal World
What Is Normal?
Properties of the Normal Distribution
The Central Limit Theorem
Using Technology
Focus on Education: What Can We Learn from SAT Trends?
Focus on Psychology: Are We Smarter than Our Parents?
Probability in Statistics
The Role of Probability in Statistics: Statistical Significance
Basics of Probability
Probabilities with Large Numbers
Ideas of Risk and Life Expectancy
Combining Probabilities (Supplementary Section)
Focus on Social Science: Are Lotteries Fair?
Focus on Law: Is DNA Fingerprinting Reliable?
Correlation and Causality
Seeking Correlation
Interpreting Correlations
Best-Fit Lines and Prediction
The Search for Causality
Using Technology
Focus on Education: What Helps Children Learn to Read?
Focus on Environment: What Causes Global Warming?
From Samples to Populations
Sampling Distributions
Estimating Population Means
Estimating Population Proportions
Using Technology
Focus on History: Where Did Statistics Begin?
Focus on Literature: How Many Words Did Shakespeare Know?
Hypothesis Testing
Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing
Hypothesis Tests for Population Means
Hypothesis Testing: Population Proportions
Using Technology
Focus on Health & Education: Will Your Education Help You Live Longer?
Focus on Agriculture: Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?
Tests, Two-Way Tables, and ANOVA
Distribution for Inferences about a Mean
Hypothesis Testing with Two-Way Tables
Analysis of Variance (One-Way ANOVA)
Using Technology
Focus on Criminology: Can You Tell a Fraud When You See One?
Focus on Education: What Can a Fourth-Grader Do with Statistics?
Epilogue: A Perspective on Statistics
Score Tables
Table of Random Numbers
Suggested Readings
Credits
Glossary
Answers
Index

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