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Understandable Statistics : Concepts and Methods

Understandable Statistics : Concepts and Methods - 6th edition

ISBN13: 978-0395907689

Cover of Understandable Statistics : Concepts and Methods 6TH 99 (ISBN 978-0395907689)
ISBN13: 978-0395907689
ISBN10: 0395907683
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 6TH 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
International: No

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Understandable Statistics : Concepts and Methods - 6TH 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395907689

Charles Henry Brase and Corrinne Pellillo Brase

ISBN13: 978-0395907689
ISBN10: 0395907683
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 6TH 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1999
International: No

Taking a systematic approach to teaching statistical methods, Understandable Statistics, 6/e, is designed to help introductory-level students overcome their apprehension about statistics. The authors provide students with plenty of guidance and informal advice, in addition to showing students the links between statistics and the world around them.

Already the only semester-long statistics book to integrate graphing technology and real life data, Understandable Statistics, 6/e, now adds a wealth of new real-world features including updated exercises, collaborative projects, data, and integration of Internet use.

  • New! "Viewpoint" boxes provide real-world situations and problems that humanize the subject and motivate students to use and find statistics.
  • New! Chapter-ending "Data Highlights: Group Projects" have been converted into extensive collaborative projects that prepare students for typical workplace activities by asking them to discuss, analyze data, and collaborate to formulate a response.
  • New! "Linking Concepts: Writing Exercises" have been thoroughly revised to challenge students to express their thoughts and observations in writing.
  • New! Up-to-date integration of technology includes references throughout to encourage use of the World Wide Web. In addition, all calculator references, "Calculator Notes," and "Using Technology" sections now apply to the TI-83 calculator.
  • Special learning tools designed to add pacing and guidance include "Guided Exercises" with completely worked-out solutions, which reinforce concepts before new ones are added; "Detailed Examples," which show students how to select and apply appropriate procedures for solving problems; "Section Exercises" and "Chapter Problems," which incorporate all concepts mastered in the preceding section or chapter.

Table of Contents

Note: Every chapter begins with a Chapter Overview, and includes a Summary, Important Words and Symbols, and Chapter Review Problems. Chapters 2-12 conclude with Data Highlights: Group Projects, Linking Concepts: Writing Projects, and Using Technology.

Table of Prerequisite Material


A User's Guide to Features

1. Getting Started

Focus Problem: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
Section 1.1 What Is Statistics?
Section 1.2 Calculators and Computers in Statistics
Section 1.3 Where Will I Use Statistics?

2. Organizing Data

Focus Problem: Say It with Pictures
Section 2.1 Random Samples
Section 2.2 Graphs
Section 2.3 Histograms and Frequency Distributions
Section 2.4 Stem-and-Leaf Displays

3. Averages and Variations

Focus Problem: High Fliers: Commercial Airline Pilot's Pay
Section 3.1 Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Median, and Mean
Section 3.2 Measures of Variation
Section 3.3 Mean and Standard Deviation of Grouped Data
Section 3.4 Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots

4. Elementary Probability Theory

Focus Problem: How Often Do Lie Detectors Lie?
Section 4.1 What Is Probability?
Section 4.2 Some Probability Rules - Compound Events
Section 4.3 Trees and Counting Techniques

5. The Binomial Probability Distribution and Related Topics

Focus Problem: Personality Preference Types: Introvert or Extrovert?
Section 5.1 Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions
Section 5.2 Binomial Probabilities
Section 5.3 Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution
Section 5.4 The Geometric and Poisson Probability Distributions

6. Normal Distributions

Focus Problem: Large Auditorium Shows: How Many Will Attend?
Section 6.1 Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions
Section 6.2 Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution
Section 6.3 Areas Under Any Normal Curve
Section 6.4 Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution

7. Introduction to Sampling Distributions

Focus Problem: Impulse Buying
Section 7.1 Sampling Distributions
Section 7.2 The Central Limit Theorem
Section 7.3 Class Project Illustrating the Central Limit Theorem

8. Estimation

Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks
Section 8.1 Estimating u with Large Samples
Section 8.2 Estimating u with Small Samples
Section 8.3 Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution
Section 8.4 Choosing the Sample Size
Section 8.5 Estimating u1 - u2 and p1 - p2

9. Hypothesis Testing

Focus Problem: Business Opportunities and Franchise Fees
Section 9.1 Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
Section 9.2 Tests Involving the Mean u (Large Samples)
Section 9.3 The P Value in Hypothesis Testing
Section 9.4 Tests Involving the Mean u (Small Samples)
Section 9.5 Tests Involving a Proportion
Section 9.6 Tests Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples)
Section 9.7 Testing Differences of Two Means or Two Proportions (Independent Samples)

10. Regression and Correlation

Focus Problem: Getting the Best Price
Section 10.1 Introduction to Paired Data and Scatter Diagrams
Section 10.2 Linear Regression and Confidence Bounds for Prediction
Section 10.3 The Linear Correlation Coefficient
Section 10.4 Testing the Correlation Coefficient
Section 10.5 Multiple Regression

11. Chi Square and F Distributions

Focus Problem: Stone Age Tools and Archaeology
Part I Hypothesis: Tests Using the Chi-Square Distribution
Overview of Chi-Square Distribution
Section 11.1 Chi-Square: Tests of Independence
Section 11.2 Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
Section 11.3 Testing and Estimating Variances and Standard Deviations
Part II Hypothesis: Tests Using the F Distribution
Section 11.4 Testing the Differences of Variances
Section 11.5 ANOVA: Comparing Several Sample Means
Section 11.6 Introduction to Two-Way ANOVA

12. Nonparametric Statistics

Focus Problem: How Cold? Compared to What?
Section 12.1 The sign Test
Section 12.2 The Rank-Sum Test
Section 12.3 Spearman Rank Correlation

Appendix I. Additional Topics
Appendix II. Tables
Appendix III. Data Files
Appendix IV. Answers and Key Steps to Odd-Numbered Problems