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  • Paperback: 718 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527587
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university. She was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, and was offered a university scholarship to undertake a PhD studying particularly rare breeds of differential equations. She moved away from academia when she realized that people would stop talking to her at parties, and went on to pursue a career in software development instead. She currently combines IT consultancy with writing and mathematics.

When Dawn's not working on Head First books, you'll find her honing her Tai Chi skills, making bobbin lace or cooking nice meals. She hasn't yet mastered the art of doing all three at the same time.

She also enjoys traveling, and spending time with her lovely husband, David.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. Spooner on 26 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very readable study book for new university students (or people around that stage) learning statistics and probability for an academic course. It goes to great lengths to be fun and memorable to read for people who probably have a lot of books to get through, and who may find the topic difficult. It uses clip art and photography extensively, as well as breaking up the routine of the text with different styles of content, and lots of exercises. A typical page has a simple graph or algebraic equation with "hand written" annotations emphasising key characteristics, then a photograph of a student (to whom the reader can relate) making some comment, and a few paragraphs of text. It adds up to something covering many pages, but which is easier to digest.

The publishers make a big deal of the "Head First" style, beginning with a whole chapter about it. The repetition works quite well although I sometimes think that I'd rather cram something new in to my fading grey-cells than hear the same story again. My favourite part of the technique was the brief annotations on pictures and in the observations by the photographed people. They often summarised a tricky point very clearly and concisely. Making a formula talk about itself and who it is similar to, is surprisingly good. Sometimes the repetition got the better of me, for example on pages 416, 417 and 418 where a point that was merely about an example was made 4 times.

There are lots of really well designed examples. They are based on plausible scenarios such as a gym that wants to allocate new members to the class with the closest average age, but keeps getting into a muddle because they do their statistics wrongly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MarkLeedsUK on 29 Oct 2008
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This is a great book, it makes it fun to learn. The BIG problem though is that there are so many mistakes.
I'm up to page 256 and on there is the following: 3628800/1440=252. (It should be 2520). Another howler from earlier on is on page 80, where it tells me that 10% of 10000 is 2000. Hmm, not sure but it always used to be 1000 didn't it?
THere are more, I think I've found half a dozen so far and it has really spoilt it for me, I never know if I have misunderstood something or they have made another mistake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By renaissance geek on 29 Nov 2008
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Head First Statistics covers pretty much what you would expect from a basic statistical course. It starts out with descriptive statistics such as using various graphing approaches, measuring averages and variances from those averages. Then you move into calculating probabilities, permutations and combinations and onto normal and binomial distributions before winding up with sampling chi-squared distributions and correlation. If you've been shopping for a basic stats book then you are probably thinking so far so average. However, where this book is really going to stand or fall is in its presentation and that really depends on your needs. I picked up a couple of the head first books at the same time this one and Head First Ajax, the difference between the two subjects being I work with stats a fair amount but am completely clueless about Ajax! I found the tone of the Statistics book somewhat annoying and to be honest a little bit patronising but the Ajax book was just what I needed given my zero starting base. If you are after a desktop reference this really isn't the book for you (a point that is actually made in the book - if you are in this situation then a much better choice would be the excellent Statistics In A Nutshell also from O'Reilly) but if you are after a tutorial it will cover not only the topics you need but in a format that makes learning a pleasure hit that order button without delay.
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I bought this book because i was struggling with statistics and out of all the statistics books i've read this is the best. It explains everything with examples and it makes sense. This book actually teaches you how you can use statistics in your every day life. I would recommend this book to anyone whose finding it difficult grasping the concepts.
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