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 you how these concepts apply to your everyday life.
Statistics For Dummies shows you 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, and more.
Packed with practical advice and real-world problems, Statistics For Dummies gives you everything you need to analyze and interpret data for improved classroom or on-the-job performance.
Part I: Vital Statistics about Statistics
Chapter 1: Statistics in a Nutshell
Chapter 2: The Statistics of Everyday Life
Chapter 3: Taking Control: So Many Numbers, So Little Time
Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade
Part II: Number-Crunching Basics
Chapter 5: Means, Medians, and More
Chapter 6: Getting the Picture: Graphing Categorical Data
Chapter 7: Going by the Numbers: Graphing Numerical Data
Part III: Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
Chapter 8: Random Variables and the Binomial Distribution
Chapter 9: The Normal Distribution
Chapter 10: The t -Distribution
Chapter 11: Sampling Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
Part IV: Guesstimating and Hypothesizing with Confidence
Chapter 12: Leaving Room for a Margin of Error
Chapter 13: Confi dence Intervals: Making Your Best Guesstimate
Chapter 14: Claims, Tests, and Conclusions
Chapter 15: Commonly Used Hypothesis Tests: Formulas and Examples
Part V: Statistical Studies and the Hunt for a Meaningful Relationship
Chapter 16: Polls, Polls, and More Polls
Chapter 17: Experiments: Medical Breakthroughs or Misleading Results?
Chapter 18: Looking for Links: Correlation and Regression
Chapter 19: Two-Way Tables and Independence
Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for the Statistically Savvy Sleuth
Chapter 21: Ten Sure fire Exam Score Boosters.
Appendix: Tables for Reference
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Deborah J. Rumsey, PhD, is a professor of statistics and the director of the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center at The Ohio State University. She is the author of Statistics Workbook For Dummies, Statistics II For Dummies, and Probability For Dummies.