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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321824679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321824677
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Useful explanations, doesn't jump too many steps. but be very careful which version (not edition) you be, different version of the same edition made my life dificult
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Intro to Math Stats 14 Dec. 2012
By A. Martishius - Published on
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I am currently a graduate student in Statistics at Miami University of Ohio. For my first and second mathematical statistics courses, we are using this text.

This is a really great book. It is fairly short, and each section is on average only 2-3 pages, but those 2-3 pages are absolutely packed with good stuff. Usually there will be a short introductory paragraph on the topic, and then the authors get right into theorems and examples. There are usually 2-3 theorems and 2-3 examples per section, and they are all organized very well.

The theorems always appear in an appropriate place in the section (i.e. it makes sense in the flow of the explanation of the topic). They are always set up in a manner which makes them easy to understand, and proof of each theorem follows its declaration. If the theorem is too difficult to understand or too long to reasonably fit a paragraph, the authors cite the original publication in which the theorem appeared. Additionally, there are no extraneous proofs, and each one of them is essential to understanding the course material.

The examples usually follow the theorems and will use the result of the theorem as a direct tool to solve the example. Most of the time, the examples will be pretty similar to the homework problems, and provide good hints that will lead you in the right direction when you are attempting the homework. The authors are never trying to be "impressive" with their examples; the clear objective is to help you understand the material without being unnecessarily complicated and/or skipping steps.

The homework is also excellent. It is challenging enough to force you to be competent with all of the material presented, but never leaves you at one of those infamous "google search" dead-ends. Usually the first 8-10 problems in each section are relatively easy if you are grasping the material, and there are lots of answers in the back of the book to aid you. As you get to the end of the homework problems in the section, you will be looking at things that are highly theoretical, are proofs, or require critical thinking. The authors' response to this extra challenge is really the greatest thing I have ever found in a college-level textbook. If a homework problem requires using a "trick" that is beyond the common-sense level, the authors provide a helpful "hint" to point you in the right direction. It is certainly possible to solve the problem without using the hint, but after doing a semester of problems, I can tell you that the hints will save you hours of frustration that you would have spent trying to figure out what little "trick" you were supposed to use to solve the problem.

All in all, I think this is the best mathematics textbook I've ever had, a close second behind "Introductory Abstract Algebra" by Joe Gallian. I think if you are interested in statistics at the graduate level, this is THE BOOK to get you started. I honestly cannot think of any criticisms that I have of this book, and I truly believe it's possible to learn the foundation of mathematical statistics with this book, even if you don't have a professor available to you.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great revision of a classic text 11 Feb. 2012
By Finance Prof - Published on
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I had Hogg (an excellent instructor) when I took Math Stat at Iowa. The class was based on the fifth edition of this text. It had just been published, and he offered students $5 for reporting any errors or typos they discovered (I found a few and made some extra cash). Not being a math or statistics major, this book was enormously helpful in learning mathmatical statistics, which was required groundwork for the Finance Ph.D. I bought this updated, 7th edition because the older version has been such a good reference. The new edition is a very nice update of this classic text, with new results and many new examples. And I am happy to report that I haven't yet found any typos! If you are looking for a text to use for self-study, I would recommend DeGroot and Schervish's "Probability and Statistics" 4th edition, which provides a bit more verbal development of the concepts.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Reference for someone who has already learned the topic 29 Oct. 2013
By Lisa - Published on
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If you need something to look back at to remember a proof, this is your book. If you need to actually learn this subject good luck. It is horribly written for those purposes.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Book 29 Oct. 2014
By LAB - Published on
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I gave this book one star because the title is very misleading (perhaps a marketing ploy?)... it is NOT an introductory level book. I would expect a book with this title to provide clear and detailed explanations of the many concepts that are presented in this book. However, most of the explanations in the book were not helpful, and I had to draw upon other sources to help me understand this material. In addition, this book lacks a varied level (easy, medium, hard) of exercise problems. Most of the problems are difficult and the answers are not in the back of the book for many of the problems (which presents another barrier to learning the subject). As others have commented, this book would probably suffice as a review book for those individuals who are already well-versed in this subject. The only reason that I got this book is because my prof picked it for our class.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 18 Oct. 2014
By rihwan - Published on
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Good for starting mathematical statistics. Requires some differential and integral and also some pre-graduate level statistics
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