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Michael Sullivan’s Statistics: Informed Decisions Using Data, Third Edition, connects statistical concepts to readers’ lives, helping them to think critically, become informed consumers, and make better decisions. Throughout the book, “Putting It Together” features help readers visualize the relationships among various statistical concepts. This feature extends to the exercises, providing a consistent vision of the bigger picture of statistics.
Statistics isn't an easy subject by any stretch and this book does a decent job of explaining complicated topics. The questions posed at the end of each section and chapter help narrow the focus as you can check your work in the back of the book for most questions. The author also includes instructions for how to perform the same procedures using TI-83/84 calculator, Minitab and Excel, which is extremely helpful.
GETTING THE INFORMATION YOU NEED: Data Collection; DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: Organizing and Summarizing Data; Numerically Summarizing Data; Describing the Relation between Two Variables; PROBABILITY AND PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS: Probability; Discrete Probability Distributions; The Normal Probability Distribution; INFERENCE: FROM SAMPLES TO POPULATION: Sampling Distributions; Estimating the Value of a Parameter Using Confidence Intervals; Hypothesis Tests Regarding a Parameter; Inferences on Two Samples; Inference on Categorical Data; Comparing Three or More Means; Inference on the Least-Squares Regression Model and Multiple Regression; Nonparametric Statistics (on CD)
For all readers interested in introductory statistics.