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Dancing on the tails of the bell curve : readings on the joy and power of statistics

Author: Richard Altschuler
Publisher: Los Angeles : Gordian Knot Books, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A unique anthology designed to inspire students to want to learn and use statistics

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Altschuler
ISBN: 9781884092916 1884092918
OCLC Number: 866849460
Description: 154 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: U.S. congressional resolution of designate 2013 as the "international year of statistics" --
Editor's introduction --
The "Godliness" of statistics --
The magnificence of the mean --
Probability: the key to reason and religion --
The "charms" of statistics --
How statistics helped make biology a science --
Darwin: the reluctant mathematician --
Statistical view of the United States --
The importance of statistics to the United States Census and the world --
The first hundred years of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (1884-1984) --
Statistics and government --
How statistics helped desegregate America's public school system --
The 1964 surgeon general's report on smoking --
2013: the international year of ... statistics --
BLS 125th anniversary --
The necessity of statistics in highway construction management: the case of Arkansas --
Could a statistic on redistricting have a game-changing effect on American politics? --
The importance of "Ag" estimates --
Data inquiry and analysis for educational reform --
Interview with Francesca Dominici --
The joy of research discovery with statistics --
Smoking in movies --
Statistics, Moneyball, and "sabermetrics" --
Data-driven equity in urban schools --
Statistics and the fashion industry --
Epilogue: The joy of perceiving that basic statistics is a "mean world" --
A potpourri of quotations about statistics and statisticians.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Altschuler.

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