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A Panorama of Statistics

Book Description

A Panorama of Statistics: Perspectives, Puzzles and Paradoxes in Statistics

 

Eric Sowey, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Peter Petocz, Department of Statistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

This book is a stimulating panoramic tour – quite different from a textbook journey – of the world of statistics in both its theory and practice, for teachers, students and practitioners.

At each stop on the tour, the authors investigate unusual and quirky aspects of statistics, highlighting historical, biographical and philosophical dimensions of this field of knowledge. Each chapter opens with perspectives on its theme, often from several points of view. Five original and thought-provoking questions follow. These aim at widening readers’ knowledge and deepening their insight. Scattered among the questions are entertaining puzzles to solve and tantalising paradoxes to explain. Readers can compare their own statistical discoveries with the authors’ detailed answers to all the questions.

 

The writing is lively and inviting, the ideas are rewarding, and the material is extensively cross-referenced.

 

A Panorama of Statistics:

  • Leads readers to discover the fascinations of statistics.
  • Is an enjoyable companion to an undergraduate statistics textbook.
  • Is an enriching source of knowledge for statistics teachers and practitioners.
  • Is unique among statistics books today for its memorable content and engaging style.

 

Lending itself equally to reading through and to dipping into, A Panorama of Statistics will surprise teachers, students and practitioners by the variety of ways in which statistics can capture and hold their interest.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Preface
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Part I: Introduction
    1. 1 Why is statistics such a fascinating subject?
      1. Questions
      2. References
    2. 2 How statistics differs from mathematics
      1. Questions
      2. References
    3. 3 Statistical literacy – essential in the 21st century!
      1. Questions
      2. References
    4. 4 Statistical inquiry on the web
      1. Questions
      2. References
  6. Part II: Statistical description
    1. 5 Trustworthy statistics are accurate, meaningful and relevant
      1. Questions
      2. References
    2. 6 Let’s hear it for the standard deviation!
      1. Questions
      2. References
    3. 7 Index numbers – time travel for averages
      1. Questions
      2. References
    4. 8 The beguiling ways of bad statistics I
      1. Questions
      2. References
    5. 9 The beguiling ways of bad statistics II
      1. Questions
      2. References
  7. Part III: Preliminaries to inference
    1. 10 Puzzles and paradoxes in probability
      1. Questions
      2. References
    2. 11 Some paradoxes of randomness
      1. Questions
      2. References
    3. 12 Hidden risks for gamblers
      1. Questions
      2. References
    4. 13 Models in statistics
      1. Questions
      2. References
    5. 14 The normal distribution: history, computation and curiosities
      1. Questions
      2. References
  8. Part IV: Statistical inference
    1. 15 The pillars of applied statistics I – estimation
      1. Questions
      2. References
    2. 16 The pillars of applied statistics II – hypothesis testing
      1. Questions
      2. References
    3. 17 ‘Data snooping’ and the significance level in multiple testing
      1. Questions
      2. References
    4. 18 Francis Galton and the birth of regression
      1. Questions
      2. References
    5. 19 Experimental design – piercing the veil of random variation
      1. Questions
      2. References
    6. 20 In praise of Bayes
      1. Questions
      2. References
  9. Part V: Some statistical byways
    1. 21 Quality in statistics
      1. Questions
      2. References
    2. 22 History of ideas: statistical personalities and the personalities of statisticians
      1. Questions
      2. References
    3. 23 Statistical eponymy
      1. Questions
      2. References
    4. 24 Statistical ‘laws’
      1. Questions
      2. References
    5. 25 Statistical artefacts
      1. Questions
      2. References
  10. Part VI: Answers
    1. 26 Answers to the chapter questions
      1. Answers – Chapter 1
      2. References
      3. Answers – Chapter 2
      4. References
      5. Answers – Chapter 3
      6. References
      7. Answers – Chapter 4
      8. References
      9. Answers – Chapter 5
      10. References
      11. Answers – Chapter 6
      12. References
      13. Answers – Chapter 7
      14. Answers – Chapter 8
      15. References
      16. Answers – Chapter 9
      17. References
      18. Answers – Chapter 10
      19. References
      20. Answers – Chapter 11
      21. References
      22. Answers – Chapter 12
      23. References
      24. Answers – Chapter 13
      25. References
      26. Answers – Chapter 14
      27. References
      28. Answers – Chapter 15
      29. References
      30. Answers – Chapter 16
      31. References
      32. Answers – Chapter 17
      33. References
      34. Answers – Chapter 18
      35. References
      36. Answers – Chapter 19
      37. References
      38. Answers – Chapter 20
      39. References
      40. Answers – Chapter 21
      41. References
      42. Answers – Chapter 22
      43. References
      44. Answers – Chapter 23
      45. References
      46. Answers – Chapter 24
      47. References
      48. Answers – Chapter 25
      49. References
  11. Index
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