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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard book to use 13 Aug 2012
By Breauxjw - Published on
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You are not buying this book because you want to.
But be warned, if you are not using Minitab for class, you will have to scour the Internet for Excel tips and tricks to make the lessons work out.
I found the font to be too small for many of the important points (some of the problems absolutely could not be worked without the exact reference to the fine print notes on pages below the examples). Why would you reduce the font size for the examples?
Working through the text was difficult due to inconsistent and poorly referenced greeks (rho means several different things in the book).
If you are an instructor, you should assign individual members of your statistics class the same case study topics throughout the course (stick with the same data set) to increase the richness of the experience. H&W apply the successive statistics topic to the same basic case study data sets from chapter to chapter.

I learned a lot - but the experience could have been better with more Excel, and more consistency, and better editing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly, a really good book 11 Mar 2013
By Quality Plus - Published on
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The book doesn't get a 5 because it doesn't refer to EViews for its procedures. Business forecasting is really difficult using just Excel. If any of you have ever created scatter plots with Excel, you know that it's a time consuming process. EViews is an extremely fast tool and this Business Forecasting book should include procedures for using EViews because that is the preferred tool used in Biz Forecasting classes.

I've had many statistics classes, and the explanation of statistics in this textbook is by far the best I have ever seen. The book is well written and about as clear as it is possible to make this difficult subject. Other people have complained about this textbook, and I would argue that the textbook is really good, but that the subject is just very difficult. If you don't have an excellent instructor, you will find yourself weeding around in the dark looking for direction. It is certainly possible to just follow the book, but it is sometimes not entirely clear why you are doing what you are doing. Again, not the fault of the textbook. Forecasting is inherently a very complex topic and you are going to be hurting without a good professor. Fortunately, I had a good one for my class. I had originally checked this textbook out of the library, but I found myself wanting to keep it as an excellent reference, so I bought my own copy.
Great Book 14 Mar 2013
By Tonya M Medley - Published on
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Great book and I am learning a lot about Business Economic Forecasting. This book has helped me to understand the actual means to forecasting in the business world today.
Business Forecasting 29 Dec 2011
By Vince B. - Published on
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This was a required text for a class I was taking. It seemed to flow pretty well for the amount we used it. If I recall correctly, we did a lot of the problems in the back of the book which seemed to be fairly well explained/supported in the related chapters.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good book for a difficult subject 12 Jan 2009
By Andrew Willman - Published on
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Forecasting and statistics are not easy for even the most experienced grad students and professors, but this book really helps to tie in basics with advanced concepts.
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