How to Use Statistics : 9780273743873

# How to Use Statistics

Edition

1st
ISBN

9780273743873
ISBN 10

0273743872
Published

03/06/2011

Pearson United Kingdom
Pages

304
Format

In stock

Book
\$39.95

##### Description

Statistics is arguably the main means through which maths appears in non-maths courses. So many students across a broad range of disciplines encounter statistics, in most cases unexpectedly so, and will need to brush up their skills in order to research, analyse and present their data effectively. Topics such as such as methods of presentation, distributions, confidence limits and so on appear very often – and almost every course involves analysis of data at some point.

De-mystifying the basics for even the most maths-terrified of students, this book will inspire confident and accurate use of statistics for non-maths courses.

Preface and acknowledgements

How to use this book

A note on mathematics, calculators and computer software

Introductory statistics

1. Introduction to statistics and data

2. Presentation of data

3. Averages

4. Cumulative frequencies and percentiles

5. Measures of dispersion

6. Working with frequency distributions

Essential mathematics

7. Factorials, permutations and combinations

8. Sigma notation

Correlation and regression

9. Correlation

10. Linear regression

Probability

11. An introduction to probability

12. Multiple probabilities

13. Probability trees

14. Expected values and decision criteria

15. Conditional probability

Probability distributions

16. Introduction to probability distributions

17. The Poisson distribution

18. The normal distribution

19. The binormal distribution

Hypothesis testing

20.  Introduction to hypothesis testing.

21.  z-tests

22.  t-tests

23.  ÷2-tests

24.  F-tests. The use of F-tests for comparison of variances

Statistical Tables

Table A - The normal distribution N(0, 1)

Table B - Confidence limits for the z-test

Table C1 - The one-tailed t-test

Table C2 - The two-tailed t-test

Table D - Critical values for the ÷2 distribution

Table E1 - Critical values for the F-test (5%)

Table E2 - Critical values for the F-test (1%)

Summary, glossary and appendices

Summary and further work

Glossary

Appendix 1 - 'Use of a calculator' test

Appendix 2 - The Greek alphabet

Appendix 3 - Some useful Excel commands

Solutions to exercises

##### New to this edition

Visit www.smarterstudyskills.com to access a wealth of useful information, tips, templates and interactive activities to support your studies.

##### Features & benefits

·          Tips, examples, checklists, ‘Try This’ boxes, 2 colour design.

·          A common sense, no-nonsense approach that gives students immediate access to the information they need. Relevant content with a focus on key issues and instant solutions.

·          Each topic is matched to an issue, event or assignment that the student will want to read up on at a time of need.

·          Each topic will only be a few pages long with practical lists and tips.

·          Updated and revised content throughout.