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4.0 out of 5 stars A Why book and not a How book, 12 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Biostatistics Decoded (Paperback)
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This is a book that fits in between the books which show the theoretical fundamental and proofs of statistics and the application books that tell you how to carry out a statistical analysis. This means that the book will appeal to anyone who wants to know why you use a particular technique or why such an analysis is true. The book uses a very informal style and it is not packed full of equations like a typical maths textbook and so it will appeal to the general scientist who wants a bit more explanation as to what lies behind their statistical analysis. But this is not a book that tells you how to do statistics. There are examples of what can be done but it does not show how to carry these analyses out, and there is no reference to statistical software.

I teach biologist statistics and research methods and I would certainly recommend it to my more interested students who want to get a more complete view of statistics. So it is an additional reading book but I do not think it should/could be a principle text, either for those who wish to apply statistics (need a software focus), or those who are studying the mathematical basis of statistics (there are no proofs).
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