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

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Computers to the Rescue

As mentioned in Chapter 1, we will explore the use of Excel in solving some of the statistics problems in this book. If you have no interest in using Excel in this manner, just skip this section. I promise you won’t hurt my feelings. The purpose of this last section is to talk about the use of computers with statistics in general and then to make sure your computer is ready to follow us along.

The Role of Computers in Statistics

When I was a youthful engineering undergraduate student during the 1970s, the words “personal computer” had no meaning. I performed calculations on a clever gadget fondly known as a “slide rule.” For those of you who weren’t even alive during this time period, I’ve included a picture of one ...

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