id: 02360489
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an: 2004e.04270
au: Wood, Michael
ti: Making sense of statistics. A non-mathematical approach.
so: Palgrave, Basingstoke (ISBN 1-4039-0107-4). 208 p. (2004).
py: 2004
pu: Palgrave, Basingstoke
la: EN
cc: K90 U95
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ab: The book provides a short introduction to statistics and probability,
without the distractions of mathematics. The book does not require the
reader to use any algebraic formulae or equations, but explains how and
why methods work, and what answers mean. It provides guidance on how to
design investigations, analyse data and interpret results, it has
self-contained chapters, and includes exercises, case studies and has
an accompanying website from which readers can download interactive
spreadsheet models and data files. The author’s approach simplifies
the conceptual basis of statistics by focusing on ideas that don’t
depend on elaborate mathematics, such as simulation and
’bootstrapping’. These are linked to the conventional techniques of
mathematical statistics, and the output of the spreadsheet, Excel, and
the statistics package, SPSS. Contents: Introduction - Statistics,
non-mathematical methods and how to use the book; Probability, samples,
buckets and balls; Summing things up - Graphs, averages, standard
deviations, correlations and so on; Why use statistics? - Pros, cons
and alternatives; Calculating probabilities - Mental ball crunching and
computer games; Possible worlds and actual worlds - How can we decide
what’s true? How big is the error? - Confidence intervals; Checking
if anything is going on - Tests of null hypotheses; Predicting the
unpredictable or explaining the inexplicable - Regression models; How
to do it and what does it mean? - The design and interpretation of
investigations; Appendices.
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