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The joy of statistics : a treasury of elementary statistical tools and their applications

Author: S Selvin
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book consists of 42 anecdotes illustrating how statistical methods applied to data produce insight and solutions to the questions that the data were collected to answer. Real-life and sometimes artificial data are used to demonstrate the painless method and magic of statistics. Statistical jokes, puzzles and folktales are scattered throughout.
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Selvin, Steve.
Joy of Statistics : A Treasury of Elementary Statistical Tools and Their Applications.
Oxford : Oxford University Press USA - OSO, ©2019
(OCoLC)1065893559
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S Selvin
ISBN: 9780192570383 0192570382 9780191872280 0191872288
OCLC Number: 1101803567
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 211 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Probabilities-rules and review --
Distributions of data-four plots --
Mean value-estimation and a few properties --
Boxplots-construction and interpretation --
The lady who tasted tea-a bit of statistical history --
Outlier/extreme values-a difficult decision --
The role of summary statistics-brief description --
Correlation and association-interpretation --
Proportional reduction in error-a measure of association --
Quick tests-four examples --
Confounding-African-American and white infant mortality --
Odds-a sometimes measure of likelihood --
Odds ration-a measure of risk? --
Odds ration -two properties rarely mentioned --
Percent increase-ratios? --
Diagnostic tests-assessing accuracy --
Regression to the mean-father/son data --
Life table-a summary of mortality experience --
Coincidence-a statistical description --
Draft lottery numbers (1970) --
Lotto-how to get in and how to win --
Fatal coronary disease-risk --
Pictures --
The Monty Hall problem --
Eye-witness evidence-Collins versus state of California Probabilities and puzzles --
Jokes and quotes --
A true life puzzle --
Rates-definition and estimation --
Geometry of an approximate average rate --
Simpson's paradox-two examples and a bit more --
Smoothing-median values --
Two by two table-a missing observatiion --
Survey data-randomized response --
Viral incidence estimation-a shortcut --
Two-way table-a graphical analysis --
Data-too good to be true? --
A binary variable-twin pairs --
Mr. Rich and Mr. Poor-a give and take equilibrium --
Log-normal distribution-leukemia and pesticide exposure --
A contribution to statistics --
APPENDIX: Golden mean-application of a quadratic equation --
Subject index.
Responsibility: Steve Selvin.

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