The Art of Data Analysis
How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic StatisticseBook - 2013
A friendly and accessible approach to applying statistics in the real world
With an emphasis on critical thinking, The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics presents fun and unique examples, guides readers through the entire data collection and analysis process, and introduces basic statistical concepts along the way.
Leaving proofs and complicated mathematics behind, the author portrays the more engaging side of statistics and emphasizes its role as a problem-solving tool. In addition, light-hearted case studies illustrate the application of statistics to real data analyses, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used techniques. Written for the growing academic and industrial population that uses statistics in everyday life, The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics highlights important issues that often arise when collecting and sifting through data. Featured concepts include:
• Descriptive statistics
• Analysis of variance
• Probability and sample distributions
• Confidence intervals
• Hypothesis tests
• Statistical correlation
• Data collection
• Statistical analysis with graphs
Fun and inviting from beginning to end, The Art of Data Analysis is an ideal book for students as well as managers and researchers in industry, medicine, or government who face statistical questions and are in need of an intuitive understanding of basic statistical reasoning.
Jarman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington) uses an example-driven--rather than the usual concept-driven--approach to introduce the fundamentals of statistics. The idea is that if students (and others) can understand what to do with statistics, then the nuts and bolts can be added on as needed. She leads readers through such topics as lions and tigers and bigfoot; baseball, game shows, and sidekicks; asserting your stereotypes with confidence; how hypothesis tests can be used to settle the Battle of the Movie Monsters; and regressing the myth out of urban myths. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)