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Statistics For Dummies Paperback – 19 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (19 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554230
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…it would certainly help many students, particularly those on service courses, to grasp the concepts and see the wider picture." (MSOR Newsletter, September 2007)

From the Back Cover

Work through real–world problems

From mean to median to probability – understand the terms and crunch the numbers with ease

Stymied by statistics? No fear – this friendly guide offers clear, practical explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, with lots of examples that show how these concepts apply to your everyday life. You’ll see how to take the margin of error out of opinion polls and how to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on–the–job performance.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Interpret and critique graphs and charts
  • Determine the odds with probability
  • Guesstimate with confidence using confidence intervals
  • Set up and carry out a hypothesis test
  • Compute statistical formulas

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As software author with over 12 years experience in the industry I utilize facts and figures on a daily basis. Comprehensive, precise and accurate data is essential in my work and moreover the understanding of the methods involved achieving this information.
Approximately one year ago I was at a complete loss on a problematic report I was developing in a peace of software, a co-worker recommended I read the Statistics for Dummies and lent me his book. That evening I glanced over the book to quickly locate exactly what was required. The following morning I solved the problem within 30 minutes. I was so taken back with the transparency of the descriptions and straightforwardness of the explanations in the book I acquired a copy for myself on Amazon that very week.
This book lives not on the shelf but on my desk at hand with a select few.
I am at this time here on Amazon looking to acquire a further copy to exchange my original paperback which is now a little scruffy so while here I thought a quick review was well warranted.
Final note, if you’re a student or an accountant, an educator or a developer or anyone whom needs to use statistics I highly recommend this book to you.
Statistics are actuality extremely straightforward when explained by someone who truly understands them such as Deborah Rumsey the author of this excellent and easy to understand book.
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I expected to find more worked examples using figures and formulae. It explains the theory in a very simple way though.
Good value for money. I recommend for those who don't know a thing about statistics.
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I have never encountered statistics before because I am a mature student. On my degree course we have to do many assignments on RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYISIS and I didn't understand a thing about stats in lectures, I even bqarely passed my first assignment. I have purchased this book and also Book 2 and they are both very very explanatory and easy to understand. My next assignment mark shot right up and so did my confidence. I would recommend any dummies book.
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The book is written in a typically chatty and easy going style and puts things across in a generally interesting way but what it seems to lack is a set of activities and additional examples to reinforce initial ideas.

Methods to work out problems (including formulas to use)and selected activities would have turned this from an overview type book to one where the reader felt they had accomplished a real sense of understanding and ability to apply methods to real-life problems. For example, the probability section could have included more about how to work out a range of different queries for instance what are the odds that when rolling 2 dice the total is 6 or, what is the probability that the total is 6 after 3 rolls of the dice?

The book is ok-I was just left with wanting more information and detail.
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I needed a good refershing course about statistics, but this Dummies does not reach it. It is vastly incoherent, trying to make each chapter self-readable with little reference to the previous chapters. As a consequence, there is little structure and too much repeat. It also describes each formula in great detail, at the expense of major points of interests, like quality review, which would deserve a greater focus on practical examples.
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After being issued with a six sigma training course I realised how woefully inadequate my knowledge of statistics was. Having done them to some extent at university it'd been some time since I had needed to apply any of it. This book was a welcome refresher presented in a clear way with easy to follow examples being used to demonstrate the core principles. I use this book on a regular basis to refresh my memory but will go to other sources when a deeper understanding is required.
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I had to understand statistics and understand them fast! I had a vague recollection of stats from school...some 15 years ago...but couldn't remember a thing! This book gave me a great grounding so that I could then go on to understand more complex stats. It is so good that I have ordered 'Statistics for Dummies II' to further my understanding and to have as a reference. If you are really struggling with stats, BUY THIS BOOK!
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