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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Statistics, 2nd Edition by Robert Donnelly

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Introduction
Statistics. Why does this single word terrify so many of today’s students? The mere mention of this word in the classroom causes a glassy-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights reaction across a sea of faces. In one form or another, the topic of statistics has been torturing innocent students for hundreds of years. You would think the word statistics had been derived from the Latin words sta, meaning “Why” and tistica, meaning “Do I have to take this %#!$@*% class?” But it really doesn’t have to be this way. The term “stat” needn’t be a four-letter word in the minds of our students.
 
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