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Introductory Statistics

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Multiple Authors, Openstax College

Pub Date: 2013

ISBN 13: 9781938168208

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kay Graves, Assistant Professor, Fontbonne University on 6/20/18

This Introductory Statistics book covers all the introductory areas/concepts very thoroughly with the exception of Counting methods such as permutations and combinations. These counting methods are not covered at all in the book and thus I must... read more

 

Reviewed by Peter Orgas, Adjunct Lecturer , LaGuardia Community College on 5/22/18

Introductory Statistics is comprehensive and includes all the topics needed for an introductory course in statistics. In the preface, you are given options on how to strategical present the topics during the semester rather than follow chapter by... read more

 

Reviewed by Jill Jamison Beals, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 3/28/18

Introductory Statistics includes all the topics critical to a first course in college statistics designed for a wide range of majors and programs. It is complete in its coverage of the entire statistical process from sampling to application of... read more

 

Reviewed by Cathleen Battiste Presutti, Lecturer, Ohio University Lancaster on 2/2/18

This text covers almost all of the concepts required in an introductory or sophomore level statistics course. However, there is one topic omission that I feel should be included in a future edition is combinatorics. The inclusion of general... read more

 

Reviewed by Jonathan Bayer, Associate Professor, Virginia Western Community College on 4/12/17

This book is sufficiently comprehensive for a non-majors introductory statistics course. In terms of content, it offers an adequate number of topics and adequate explanations. However, the book offers very little regarding sampling distributions... read more

 

Reviewed by Caitlin Finlayson, Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington on 4/12/17

The text covers all of the major concepts students would be expected to learn in an introductory statistics course including sampling and data, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. While the text might be overly comprehensive for a... read more

 

Reviewed by Sandra Porter, Math Instructor, Central Lakes College on 4/12/17

The text covers all of the topics that are included in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum for an introductory statistics course. Calculator instructions for the TI- graphing calculator family are included in each section. The confidence interval... read more

 

Reviewed by Rudolf Lublinsky, Instructor, Portland Community College, Oregon on 8/22/16

This textbook covers all of the standard topics usually covered in ? descriptive and inferential statistics textbooks for non- mathematicians. The sequence is the same used in almost every such book. All subject areas addressed in the Table of... read more

 

Reviewed by Wendy Lightheart, Mathematics Faculty, Lane Community College on 8/22/16

This textbook covers all of the usual topics you would expect to cover in an introductory statistics course for non-math majors. There is a glossary available at the end of each chapter, which is very helpful. A comprehensive index is available in... read more

 

Reviewed by Jaejin Jang, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on 1/8/16

A Statistics textbook mostly have a standard structure. This bookk covers major subjects of the course. Central limit theorem is given a whole chapter, which is good because of its importance. However, I would like to see these more. No... read more

 

Reviewed by Undupitiya Wijesiri, Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University on 6/11/15

This book covers all necessary content areas for an introduction to Statistics course for non-math majors. The text book provides an effective index, plenty of exercises, review questions, and practice tests. read more

 

Reviewed by Bill Heider, Instructor, Hibbing Community College on 6/11/15

This book covers all the topics typically covered in an introductory level statistics course from an introduction to probability and the basics f study design through sampling distributions, confidence intervals, tests of one and two samples for... read more

 

Reviewed by Edward Dillon, Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College on 6/11/15

This textbook covers all of the standard topics usually covered in an undergradate introductory text including hyhothresis testing and ANOVA. The sequence is the same used in almost every such textbook. The index clearing describes the toppics... read more

 

Reviewed by Jacqueline Joslyn, Instructor/Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona on 6/11/15

The most important topics are covered. There are some concepts, like stem-and-leaf plots, that may be less critical for students in the social sciences to learn. Instructors can choose whether or not to skip the superfluous concepts. read more

 

Reviewed by Vance Revennaugh, Associate Professor, University of Northwestern - Saint Paul on 6/11/15

The text covers most of the areas and ideas of an introductory statistics course, The topics are covered at an appropriate depth. I did not find any work on confidence intervals for the population variance or standard deviation, although there... read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Sampling and Data
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Probability Topics
  • Discrete Random Variables
  • Continuous Random Variables
  • The Normal Distribution
  • The Central Limit Theorem
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Hypothesis Testing with One Sample
  • Hypothesis Testing with Two Samples
  • The Chi-Square Distribution
  • Linear Regression and Correlation
  • F Distribution and One-Way ANOVA

About the Book

Introductory Statistics follows the scope and sequence of a one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. This text assumes students have been exposed to intermediate algebra, and it focuses on the applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. The foundation of this textbook is Collaborative Statistics, by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, which has been widely adopted. Introductory Statistics includes innovations in art, terminology, and practical applications, all with a goal of increasing relevance and accessibility for students. We strove to make the discipline meaningful and memorable, so that students can draw a working knowledge from it that will enrich their future studies and help them make sense of the world around them. The text also includes Collaborative Exercises, integration with TI-83,83+,84+ Calculators, technology integration problems, and statistics labs.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

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Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College

Susan Dean, De Anza College