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3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The Fourth Edition has been carefully revised and updated to reflect current data.
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 697 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published April 1st 1978)
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Aug 30, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: statistics
During the fall of 1993, I was in my first semester of college. I took statistics and didn't like it at all. This was likely my own fault, as I was not a very serious student -- occasionally ditching class and frequently staying up much too late. During that fall semester in my statistics class, I wrote what seemed like a massive paper to an 18 year old, at 21 pages long (but it included data). Since I was 16, I had a job at Montgomery Ward at Randhurst shopping mall, where I sold shoes -- perha ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Reid rated it really liked it
If you want to learn the ins and outs of statistics, this is the book for you. One wonders why exactly you would have such a desire, but that might just be too much information! This book is extremely well-written, and is designed for those (people like me) who don't have much in the way of advanced mathematical skills. Though I read this for a course I had to take, I actually enjoyed taking on some of the abstruse concepts presented here. It certainly makes much more sense of some of what you r ...more
Dec 22, 2016 Taka rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, math
Good, but perhaps too simple? I can see why some people don't like this book, although it's one of the clearest mathematical textbook I have ever seen in my limited experience. Because it's too clear and easy to understand, it may seem even trivial especially to those who like mathematics for its complexity and sophistication (whether real or not). It is a pretty well-known psychological phenomenon, however: you tend to perceive something to be of high quality if you have a harder time understan ...more
Alexander Yakushev
I was drawn to this book by its promise of simple explanations and lack of complex mathematical formulas. Now, I think I should have gone for a little more math-heavy book, as this one is way too simplistic at times, and most of it will already be familiar to anyone who had a semi-decent Probability Theory class. There are a lot of examples and exercises (around 50% of the content) which make it more of a textbook rather than an introductory guide. And actually some colleges use it in the curric ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Harinee rated it it was amazing
This is the first academic book I could actually complete without the weight of exams, just purely out of interest.Really great introduction if you have sucked at Stats like me in college.
Dec 23, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
I saw this on my brothers's old textbook shelf. I deal in statistics so I wanted to brush up using a basic text. I was very pleasantly surprised by the content of this book. It teaches statistics in a way different than the usual manner by using lots of examples, both real and hypothetical. The review questions are also case studies which makes the subject related.
Nov 19, 2009 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any statistics book will teach you how to calculate means, standard deviations and covariances. But this book also teaches you the why behind the equations and when NOT to apply the equations. That is, it teaches you how to sniff out bad experimental design and data sets that do not fit the standard (or normal) distribution.
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Sep 01, 2014 Naveena Sunkara rated it liked it
Recently finished this book in conjunction with an intro to statistics course. The book was easy to follow and could, at times, have a sense of humor. Though it did not delve into much theory it served the purpose of education beginners to the basics of statistics.
May 16, 2013 Margot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! I read it in conjunction with a statistics course offered on edX, and it was so understandable and readable. I highly recommend it. Although I read the 1978 edition, the content was still relevant as long as I ignored the income levels, etc.
Sep 11, 2016 Anne marked it as to-read
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Nov 18, 2015 Sean Martin rated it really liked it
Slightly atypical presentation of some areas which might make things a bit tricky later on, but a really solid intro book which doesn't overload the reader on formalism too early on.
Sep 26, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
Not a very math-intensive book, but decent explanation of concepts and logical flow of ideas. This is a good reference book.
Feb 14, 2013 Travis rated it liked it
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"Yes, I read an entire textbook, cover to cover - first time I've done that! This is not your typical statistics textbook" ...more
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