What Is a P-Value Anyway? 34 Stories to Help You Actually Understand Statistics

ISBN-10: 0321629302
ISBN-13: 9780321629302
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $44.80
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

What is ap-value Anyway?offers a fun introduction to the fundamental principles of statistics, presenting the essential concepts in thirty-four brief, enjoyable stories. Drawing on his experience as a medical researcher, Vickers blends insightful explanations and humor, with minimal math, to help readers understand and interpret the statistics they read every day. Describing data; Data distributions; Variation of study results: confidence intervals; Hypothesis testing; Regression and decision making; Some common statistical errors, and what they teach us For all readers interested in statistics.

Introduction
How to Read this Book
I tell a friend that my job is more fun than you'd think: What is statistics?
Describing Data
So Bill Gates walks into a diner: On means and medians
Bill Gates goes back to the diner: Standard deviation and interquartile range
A skewed shot, a biased referee
You can't have 2.6 children: On different types of data
Why your high school math teacher was right: How to draw a graph
Data Distributions
Chutes-and-ladders and serum hemoglobin levels: Thoughts on the normal distribution
If the normal distribution is so normal, how come my dat'a never are?
But I like that sweater: What amount of fit is a "good enough" fit?
Variation of Study Results: Confidence Intervals
Long hair: A standard error of the older male
How to avoid a rainy wedding: Variation and confidence intervals
Statistical ties, and why you shouldn't wear one: More on confidence intervals
Hypothesis Testing
Choosing a route to cycle home: What p-values do for us
The probability of a dry toothbrush: What is a p-value anyway?
Michael Jordan won't accept the null hypothesis: How to interpret high p-values
The difference between sports and business: Thoughts on the t test and the Wilcoxon test
Meeting up with friends: On sample size, precision and statistical power
Regression and Decision Making
When to visit Chicago: About linear and logistic regression
My assistant turns up for work with shorter hair: About regression and confounding
I ignore my child's cough, my wife panics: About specificity and sensitivity
Avoid the sales: Statistics to help make decisions
Some Common Statistical Errors, and What They Teach Us
One better than Tommy John: Four statistical errors, some of which are totally trivial, but all of which matter a great deal
Weed control for p-values: A single scientific question should be addressed by a single statistical test
How to shoot a TV episode: Statistical analyses that don't provide meaningful numbers
Sam, 93 years old, 700 pound Florida super-granddad: Two common errors in regression
Regression to the Mike: A statistical explanation of why an eligible friend of mine is still single
OJ Simpson, Sally Clark, George and me: About conditional probability
Boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy starts multiple testing
Some things that have never happened to me: Why you shouldn't compare p-values
How to win the marathon: Avoiding errors when measuring things that happen over time
The difference between bad statistics and a bacon sandwich: Are there "rules" in statistics?
Look at your garbage bin: It may be the only thing you need to know about statistics
Numbers that mean something: Linking math and science
Statistics is about people, even if you can't see the tears
Discussion Section Answers
Credits and References
Index

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