Elementary Statistics, 13th Edition

Mario F. Triola

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Elementary Statistics, 13th Edition

By Mario F. Triola
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For courses in Introductory Statistics

Real data brings statistics to life


From opinion polls and clinical trials to self-driving cars, statistics influences and shapes the world around us. Best-selling author Marty Triola is committed to keeping Elementary Statistics current--with an unprecedented amount of current real data--so that students of all majors understand the role of statistics in the world around them. In addition to an abundance of new data sets, examples, and exercises, the 13th Edition is designed to be even more effective for today’s instructors with the addition of learning objectives as an organisational tool, larger data sets, and new topics and organisation in line with advancements in statistics education.



Mario F. Triola is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he has taught statistics for over 30 years. Marty is the author of Essentials of Statistics, 5th Edition, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, 6th Edition, Elementary Statistics Using the TI-83/84 Plus Calculator, 4th Edition, and he is a co-author of Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, 2nd Edition, Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, 5th Edition, and Business Statistics.


Elementary Statistics is currently available as an International Edition, and it has been translated into several foreign languages. Marty designed the original Statdisk statistical software, and he has written several manuals and workbooks for technology supporting statistics education. He has been a speaker at many conferences and colleges. Marty’s consulting work includes the design of casino slot machines. He has worked with attorneys in determining probabilities in paternity lawsuits, analyzing data in medical malpractice lawsuits, identifying salary inequities based on gender, and analyzing disputed election results. He has also used statistical methods in analyzing medical school surveys, and analyzing survey results for the New York City Transit Authority. Marty has testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Marty a “Texty” for Excellence for his work on Elementary Statistics.




  • Real data: More than any other statistics author, Marty Triola is committed to integrating real data into the text with >90% of all examples, exercises, and problems using real data. In the 13th Edition, the vast majority of these are new or updated (81% of exercises; 73% of examples; 93% of chapter problems), to make the course as current as possible so that it is easier for instructors to connect with their students.
  • Chapter-opening problems use real data to engage students and are revisited within the chapter, while chapter overviews clearly state each chapter's objectives.
  • Interpreting results, rather than simply obtaining answers, helps students develop statistical literacy and, where appropriate, arrive at practical conclusions. Worked examples in the text model this approach.
  • From Data to Decision capstone problems require students to interpret and analyse data to make an informed decision.
  • Margin Essays are designed to highlight real-world topics and foster student interest.
  • Chapter Objectives: All chapters now begin with a list of key learning goals for that chapter. This helps students focus their studies while also providing instructors more flexibility when they design their course.
  • Your Turn feature in many examples directs students to a relevant exercise so that they can immediately apply what they just learned from the example.
  • The flexible organisation allows instructors to cover the basics of correlation and regression early in the course if they wish, and scale coverage of probability as needed to address their unique course needs.
  • Flowcharts throughout the text simplify and clarify complex concepts and procedures.
  • Top 20 Topics highlight the most important topics in the text.
  • Chapter Reviews summarise the key concepts and topics.
  • Robust exercise sets give instructors maximum flexibility when creating their assignments.
    • Review Exercises give students varied practice on chapter concepts and procedures.
    • Cumulative Review Exercises help students synthesise the material from previous chapters.
    • Quick Quizzes at the end of the chapter give students a quick review of the important concepts in the chapter.
    • Technology Collaborative projects provide further opportunities for hands-on practice and group work.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to Statistics
  • 2. Exploring Data with Tables and Graphs
  • 3. Describing, Exploring, and Comparing Data
  • 4. Probability
  • 5. Discrete Probability Distributions
  • 6. Normal Probability Distributions
  • 7. Estimating Parameters and Determining Sample Sizes
  • 8. Hypothesis Testing
  • 9. Inferences from Two Samples
  • 10. Correlation and Regression
  • 11. Goodness-of-Fit and Contingency Tables
  • 12. Analysis of Variance
  • 13. Nonparametric Tests
  • 14. Statistical Process Control
  • 15. Ethics in Statistics