How to Use Statistics (Smarter Study Skills)
By: Steve Lakin (author)Paperback
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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.
Steve Lakin is an award-winning lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Glamorgan, where he specialises in teaching basic mathematics and statistics to a wide range of students across all courses and subjects.
Preface and acknowledgementsHow to use this bookA note on mathematics, calculators and computer softwareIntroductory statistics1. Introduction to statistics and data2. Presentation of data3. Averages4. Cumulative frequencies and percentiles5. Measures of dispersion6. Working with frequency distributionsEssential mathematics7. Factorials, permutations and combinations8. Sigma notationCorrelation and regression9. Correlation10. Linear regressionProbability11. An introduction to probability12. Multiple probabilities13. Probability trees14. Expected values and decision criteria15. Conditional probabilityProbability distributions16. Introduction to probability distributions17. The Poisson distribution18. The normal distribution19. The binormal distributionHypothesis testing20. Introduction to hypothesis testing. 21. z-tests22. t-tests23. ??2-tests24. F-tests. The use of F-tests for comparison of variancesStatistical TablesTable A - The normal distribution N(0, 1)Table B - Confidence limits for the z-testTable C1 - The one-tailed t-testTable C2 - The two-tailed t-testTable D - Critical values for the ??2 distributionTable E1 - Critical values for the F-test (5%) Table E2 - Critical values for the F-test (1%) Summary, glossary and appendicesSummary and further workGlossaryAppendix 1 - 'Use of a calculator' testAppendix 2 - The Greek alphabetAppendix 3 - Some useful Excel commandsSolutions to exercises
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