Understanding Basic Statistics

ISBN-10: 0618632271
ISBN-13: 9780618632275
Edition: 4th 2007 (Brief Edition)
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Description: A condensed, streamlined version of the popular, widely used Understandable Statistics, 8/e, this text offers instructors an effective solution to teaching the essentials of statistics within a shorter time frame. Designed to help students overcome  More...

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List price: $234.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

A condensed, streamlined version of the popular, widely used Understandable Statistics, 8/e, this text offers instructors an effective solution to teaching the essentials of statistics within a shorter time frame. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics, Understanding Basic Statistics, 4/e is a thorough, accessible text that demonstrates the applicability of statistics in the real world. Student-friendly highlights of the Fourth Edition include solutions and key steps to odd-numbered problems, highlighted definitions, Expand Your Knowledge and Cumulative Review Problems, and a complete technology package with additional learning opportunities and skills-reinforcement exercises. Coverage of regression appears early in this edition. Procedures provide a brief summary of the statistical methods introduced in each chapter section. Examples and Guided Exercises demonstrate each Procedure. Cumulative Review Problems appear at the end of Chapters 3, 6, 9, and 11 and integrate concepts introduced in the previous three chapters. Guided Exercises immediately follow selected examples and provide an opportunity for students to explore new concepts. Worked-out solutions next to each exercise give students immediate reinforcement. Focus Points! at the beginning of each section introduce the topics to be covered. Data Highlights: Group Projects at the end of each chapter simulate real-world working situations. Together students discuss topics, analyze data, and formulate a group response to questions posed in the exercise. Linking Concepts: Writing Projects challenge students to craft an essay response to questions that apply statistical concepts to real life situations.

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 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.

Preface A User's Guide to Features Table of Prerequisite Material
Getting Started Focus Problem: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
What Is Statistics?
Random Samples
Introduction to Experimental Design
Organizing Data Focus Problem: Say It with Pictures
Bar Graphs, Circle Graphs, and Time Plots
Frequency Distributions and Histograms
Stem-and-Leaf Displays
Averages and Variation Focus Problem: Why Bother!
Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Median, and Mean
Measures of Variation
Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots
Regression and Correlation Focus Problem: Changing Populations and Crime Rate
Introduction to Paired Data and Scatter Diagrams
Linear Regression
The Linear Correlation Coefficient
Elementary Probability Theory Focus Problem: How Often Do Lie Detectors Lie?
What Is Probability?
Some Probability Rules--Compound Events
Trees and Counting Techniques
The Binomial Probability Distribution and Related Topics Focus Problem: Personality Preference Types: Introvert or Extrovert?
Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions
Binomial Probabilities
Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution
Normal Distributions Focus Problem: Large Auditorium Shows: How Many Will Attend?
Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions
Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution
Areas Under Any Normal Curve
Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution
Introduction to Sampling Distributions Focus Problem: Impulse Buying
Sampling Distributions
The Central Limit Theorem
Class Project Illustrating the Central Limit Theorem
Estimation Focus Problem: Trick or Treat!
Estimating ? with Large Samples
Estimating ? with Small Samples
Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution
Choosing the Sample Size
Hypothesis Testing Focus Problem: Business Opportunities and Start-Up Costs
Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
Test Involving the Mean ? (Large Samples)
The P Value in Hypothesis Testing
Tests Involving the Mean ? (Small Samples)
Tests Involving a Proportion
Inferences About Differences Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks
Tests Involving Paired Difference (Dependent Samples)
Inferences About the Difference of Two Means (Large, Independent Samples)
Inferences About the Difference of Two Means (Small, Independent Samples)
Inferences About the Difference of Two Proportions
Additional Topics Using Inference Focus Problem: Stone Age Tools and Archaeolog?
Hypothesis Tests Using the Chi-Square Distribution
Chi Square: Tests of Independence
Chi Square: Goodness of Fit
Testing a Single Variance or Standard Deviatio?
Inferences Relating to Linear Regression
Linear Regression: Confidence Intervals for Predictions
Testing the Correlation Coefficient and the Slope
Appendix
Tables
Random Numbers
Binomial Coefficients Cn,r
Binomial Probability Distribution Cn,rprqn-r
Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution
Student's t Distribution
The X2 Distribution
Photo Credits
Answers and Key Steps to Odd-Numbered Problems
Index

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