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161. Introduction to Statistical Quality Control by Douglas C.Montgomery | |
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about SPC Montgomery's book, more often than not, is the one I turn to for answers that I can't seem to find anywhere else. Even if I do find the answer in another book, it's always easier to understand in Montgomery's. The book is written in a way that makes seemingly incomprehensible statistics understandable. And there are plenty of examples. If you're looking for a book to help you implement quality control in a small business, Montgomery's book is a bit too much, so you might consider my book on the Small Business Guerrilla Guide to Six Sigma or Six Sigma Simplified.
A solid text on statistical quality control Montgomery does a great job of presenting the theory, giving examples, and helping the reader understand the big picture of various concepts. For example, Montgomery states that a "Pareto chart does not automatically identify the most important defects, but rather only those that occur most frequently," and then gives an example illustrating when this can be so. This is something that might have been overlooked if not pointed out to the reader. While to book is rather current in introductory theory and practice, there are some relics from previous editions. For example, the inclusion of a random number table in the appendix is rather useless, since all modern calculators and spreadsheets have random number functions. This minor complaint aside, the book is solid and worth having.
An all-in-one text.
A college beginner's SQC textbook |
162. Statistics : A First Course (8th Edition) by John E. Freund, Benjamin M. Perles | |
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Probabilities |
163. Algebra and Trigonometry (with Make the Grade and InfoTrac) by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson | |
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Made math fun!!! |
164. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel | |
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Amazing subject, fascinating story As a result of the 1707-shipwreck story (with a loss of 4 out of the 5 ships), the English Parliament offered in 1714 a 20.000 pounds reward to the person that could provide a practicable and useful way of determining longitude. (If you have forgot, longitude is the "lines" that runs from pole to pole). Not being able to determining longitude was a great problem. Ships spent excessive time trying to find its way back to port, or worse men, ship and cargo were lost at sea. John Harrison (1693-1776) spent his lifetime trying to solve the longitude mystery. Harrison was a son of a countryman, with minimal schooling, and was self-educated in watch making. He made several timepieces, which all qualified for the reward, but the reward was delayed several times by the Longitude committee whom believed that other ways of measuring longitude were the preferred ones. Ultimately after a lot of harassment and trouble, Harrison was given the reward money. Dava Sobel has done a wonderful job in this book, capturing Harrison's fascinating character, his brilliance, preserving and hard working nature. The author has also managed to strike a perfect balance between technical jargon and personal anecdotes, and she does it in such a way permitting the lay readers of the book to admire the elegance of Harrison's discoveries. I believe it is a sign of excellent quality when an author makes learning so interesting. I was hooked from the first page of this book and I read it in 50-page gulps at a time. Highly recommended!
John Harrison--an extraordinary person In 1714, England's Parliament offered £20,000 (the equivalent of about $12 million today) to anyone who provided a "practicable and useful" means of determining longitude. Countless solutions were suggested, some bizarre, some impractical, some workable only on land and others far too complex. Most astronomers believed the answer lay in the sky, but Harrison, a clockmaker, imagined a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea. By knowing the exact times at the Greenwich meridian and at a ship's position, one could find longitude by calculating the time difference. However, most scientists, including Isaac Newton, discounted a clock because there were too many variables at sea. Changes in temperature, air pressure, humidity and gravity would surely render a watch inaccurate. Harrison persisted. As Dava Sobel writes, he worked on his timepiece for decades, though he suffered skepticism and ridicule. Even after completing his timepiece, an instrument we now call a chronometer, in 1759, he underwent a long series of unfair trials and demonstrations. Ultimately he triumphed. Sobel, a science writer who contributes to Audubon, Life, Omni and other magazines, captures John Harrison's extraordinary character: brilliant, persevering and heroic in the face of adversity. He is a man you won't forget.
Brief but enjoyable Written in a easy-to-read, "magazine" tone the tale goes quickly, whole years pass in a couple sentences. I wanted more details and this is where the book disappoints but it may not be the authors fault The book hints that many events weren't recorded and more details just aren't available. One technical note: I think the font used in this tiny, five by eight inch book is a little small and the page numbers, even smaller, aren't readable at a glance. Or maybe I'm getting old.
Great story, but BEWARE of inaccuracies in this book.
The Man who Captured Time so Ships could Navigate Accurately Note: This review has been written from a city with the following position on Earth: LATITUDE: (43 degrees 2 minutes North) In order to understand the significance of this remarkable book by Dava Sobel, the reader has to understand some words and phrases in the book's title and subtitle. "Longitude" along with Latitude are two numbers along with compass directions that are used to fix the position of anything on the planet Earth (as in the note above). Lines of Latitude are the imaginary, parallel, horizontal lines circling the Earth with the equator (fixed by nature) being the "zero-degree parallel of latitude." Lines of Longitude or "meridians" are the imaginary lines that run top to bottom (north and south), from the Earth's North Pole to its South Pole with the "prime meridian" (established by political means) being the "zero-degree meridian of longitude." (Since the mid-1880s, the prime merdian has passed through Greenwich, England. Before this time, the imaginary line that passed through a ship's home port was usually used as the zero-degree meridian.) Finding the latitude on land or at sea was easy and eventually a device was invented to make it even easier. But finding longitude, especially at sea on a swaying ship was difficult, a difficulty "that stumped the wisest minds of the world for the better part of human history" and was "the greatest scientific problem" of the 1700s. Ways of determining longitude astronomically were devised, but these proved to be impractical when used at sea. England's parliament recognized that "the longitude problem" had to be solved practically since many people and valuable cargo were lost at sea when the ship's navigators lost sight of land. Thus, this parliament offered a top monetary prize that's equivalent to many millions of dollars today to anybody who could solve the problem. Enter "a lone genius" named John Harrison (1693 to 1776). While most thought the solution to the problem was astronomical, Harrison saw time as the solution. To calculate the longitude using time on a ship at sea, you have to realize these two facts found in this book: (i) The Earth takes 24 hours of time to spin 360 degrees on its axis from east to west. To learn one's longitude at sea using time, as this book explains, it's necessary to do the following: (1) Know the time it is aboard ship (local noon was normally used because of fact (ii) above). Harrison's solution was the accurate determination of time of (2) above by inventing a reliable timepiece. This timepiece, in this case, would be set to Greenwich time. (Note that, as stated, (1) could be determined using the noon-day sun but this was not always practical. Eventually another timepiece was used to determine the ship's local noon for a particular day.) It has to be realized that this was the "era of pendulum clocks" where, on a deck of a rocking ship, "such clocks would slow down or speed up, or stop running altogether." Harrison was to capture time by building a marine clock or "timekeeper" (eventually called a "chronometer") that could be used on a ship at sea. This book tells the "true story" of Harrison and his chronometers. (There were five built over a forty-year period. Harrison's first timekeeping device was known as H-1, his second was H-2, and so on.) Sobel uses accuracy (as evidenced by her thirty references), extensive interviews, and an engaging, mostly non-technical narrative (only essential technical detail is included) to convey a story that's filled with suspense, heroism, perfectionism, and villiany. All this in less than 200 pages!! The only problem I had with this book is that it has hardly any pictures (photographs and illustrations). I would have liked to have seen pictures of the various people involved in this saga, maps showing where ships traveled, more photos of Harrison's amazing timepieces (both interior and exterior), and diagrams that explained important concepts. A diagram that actually showed how longitude, using a simple example, is calculated (using the steps above) would also have been helpful. Finally, there is a good 1999 movie entitled "Longitude" based on this book. Be aware that even though this book is short, the movie is long (over three hours). In conclusion, this book documents the exciting "true story" of how "a lone genius" solved "the longitude problem." Sobel states this more eloquently: "With his marine clocks, John Harrison tested the waters of space-time. He succeeded, against all odds, in using the fourth...dimension to link points on a three-dimensional globe. He [took] the world's whereabouts from the stars, and locked [or captured] the secret in a...watch." <=====> ... Read more |
165. Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers by Douglas C.Montgomery, George C.Runger | |
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Worst book ever
Riddled with Errors
There are so many mistakes...so many
Good for reference
a MUST for every working engineer |
166. Algebra and Trigonometry (2nd Edition) by Judith A. Beecher, Judith A. Penna, Marvin L. Bittinger | |
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If you want to understand algebra and/or trig, buy this book For myself, I picked up this book several years ago and started my math re-education.There are numerous margin exercises that are to be completed immediately after a new concept is introduced in a section plus 50-70 section end exercises.These exercises directly reinforce what you have just studied.There are numerous sections in each chapter.This layout is really nice because as a self study, it normally took me several days to complete a chapter and if I had to wait to do exercises at the end of each chapter, I am positive my retention would have been much lower and my frustration higher, leading to a consequent lowering of motivation.Fortunately, just the opposite happened with this book.Every time I completed a section I was motivated to learn more which reduced the time required to complete each chapter.Finally each chapter has a chapter review then a comprehensive chapter test.If you miss a question in the chapter review, the answer section point to the relevant section for review. Every margin, chapter review and chapter test exercise has the answer in the back of the book.The section-end exercises have only odd answers in the back of the book, but this is not a significant problem.I noticed several things about these exercises at the end of each section.The exercises are not just "make work" but increasingly challenge the reader.The exercises are such that they catch and expose deficiencies in math manipulation skills.If you are weak in some area of algebraic manipulation, it becomes readily apparent in the exercises.The even numbered exercises are variations on the odd numbered exercises.If you can do the odd exercises, you'll be able to do the even exercises and so not require the answers in the back.If you messed up the odd exercise and understand the nature of the mistake, you can still do the even numbered exercise with confidence. The Trig section is short (3 chapters) and dense.Again problems are uniformly excellent.The chapter on trigonometric identities makes the book worth its price by itself and pays off handsomely when studying calculus and you are attempting to solve integrals via trigonometric substitution.There are three additional chapters introducing linear algebra, conic sections and sequences. The book makes use of decent artwork and has technology sections utilizing graphing calculators, but is comprehensive without having such a calculator.Despite the hefty cost for a large format paperback, this book is definitely worth it.The binding has proven to be extremely durable.I just wish I had this book so many years ago.My college math courses would have been so much more enlightening.
The best math book I've seen
An extremely helpful and concise review / re-learning text.
A GREAT textbook for the math-phobic |
167. Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll | |
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To learn GR, read this one first...
Great GR Book! http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/gr-qc/9712019 But you miss out on extras like better diagrams, more examples and exercises, so this is still a great buy!
Stellar
Fabulous!
Buy This Book Of course this review is completely unhelpful, but I've never reviewed books on Amazon before, and I felt obliged to review this book for various reasons better kept to myself. (Edit : It turned out that a long time ago, I reviewed Nakahara. My memory is failing me...) If you are looking for a real reason, then here it is : Pages 281-286 on degrees of freedom in linearized GR. Oh, again, don't forget to buy this book. ... Read more |
168. Interest Rate Models by Damiano Brigo, Fabio Mercurio | |
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Best book on interest rate models
The best book I have read on the subject Anyone interested in implementing the LMM/BGM/MSS model in practice is well advised to read it. I would just say that this is certainly a must have in the field.
New stuff and nice overview: hard to beat! I've followed a similar path from control to finance, and having worked with interest rate models, I couldn't help but order this Brigo-Mercurio book. I had high expectations 'cause these two guys are working in a bank on the real thing. 1-factor models are handled with great care, a ton of formulas and recipes are given. I've never seen this kind of analysis of pricing with Gaussian 1-f models. The new upgrade of the CIR model is interesting and accurate. "CIR++" is now my favorite 1-f model. I like the treatment of lognormal 1-f models and the explanation of Monte Carlo and trees -- the flow-chart for Bermudan swaptions is crystal clear! Plots of market implied structures and volatility calibration are useful additions. The chapter on 2-f extensions has one of the best discussions on volatility, and two tons of useful formulas/recipes. Two dimensional trees! The HJM chapter size is OK. I agree - the useful models embedded in HJM are short rate models and market models. Market models - these three chapters alone are worth the book. You'll find yourself nodding as you read the guided tour. They make it look easy all the time. The exposition is focused, clear, intuitive, detailed. There's also new stuff, just check the calibration discussion! Smile modeling begins with a brilliant tour and ends with Brigo-Mercurio's new approach - the mixing dynamics - deserving a whole chapter if expanded. The detailed explanation on products is a much welcome original addition. Cross currency derivatives! Quotes - as in Brigo's old work - are a pleasant diversion while reading. The 500 and more pages are a treat given the competitive price. Still there's room for improvements - more "CIR2++"! Something on 3-f models. Historical estimation of the correlation matrix and low-rank optimized approximations. Expand smile modeling! More hedging. Something on structured products. Cross currency libor model. chapter 9 - other interest rate models - sounds out of place and can be suppressed for other things. This book rings true and has useful teachings for students, academics and practitioners. Although it requires some background in stochastic calculus, it's hard to beat on the pricing front. Kudos to Brigo and Mercurio! It only harms there aren't enough books like this.
Nicely written overview of interest rate models The book contains a "rational" catalogue of models used in practice ( as opposed to models which are impossible to implement!). In contrast with academic books on interest rate modeling which deal with HJM formulation, there is a lot of emphasis here on LIBOR and Swap market models Part II: Interest rate models in practice is particularly useful because it deals with implementation and calibration which, as any practitioner knows, are important and usually delicate issues. This book can also be used for a graduate level/PhD course on interest rate models. There are a lot of numerical examples in the book and mathematics is kept to the necessary level while keeping the
Well written and useful book |
169. Advanced Engineering Mathematics by ErwinKreyszig | |
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To Many Nice Figures and So Little Explanation. When I took ODE/PDE in undergraduate we used the text, Advanced Engineering mathematics by O'neil and at the time I thought this book was difficult and confusing. Althought it was not filled with color figures and graphs it contained many proofs and theorems to explain the concepts. I'm starting to use this book as a reference for those concepts that aren't covered thoroughly enough by Kreysig and now appreciate the O'Neil book more and more everyday.
VERY SOUND! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Good Reference Guide
Terrible Book
Excellent I recomend this book to engineers as a consult book, you'll find quick answer to your problems. For students is a must-have which will help you really a lot. ... Read more |
170. Design and Analysis of Experiments, 5th Edition by Douglas C.Montgomery, Douglas C. Montgomery | |
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Excellent book
Comprehensive Introduction to the Design of Experiments
great DOE book for engineers
highly regarded book on design for engineers
A good blend of theory and practical examples. |
171. Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach by Allan G. Bluman | |
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The best stats book available. I also found the pictures/graphics extremely helpful, especially in the sections on probability. I can finally make sense of combinations and permutations and other probability concepts. Also extremely helpful is the way the book explains which formulas to use when, and why they should be used in that instance. This helps to pull everything together and see how many of the concepts relate to one another. I think this is key to understanding stats. I've gone from fearing stats to actually enjoying it, all because it now makes sense thanks in large part to this book.
Excellent Book - A must have
easy step to understand statistics
Excellent presentations and examples! |
172. Statistics with STATA, Version 8 by Lawrence C. Hamilton | |
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173. The Complete Art of War (History and Warfare) by Sun-Tzu, Sun Pin, Ralph D. Sawyer, Mei-Chun Lee Sawyer | |
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Book Description The Sun family writings on strategy have proven their value through the ages, and they continue to reward careful study. By unveiling the complex, often unexpected, interrelationships of armies locked in battle, they reveal the enduring principles of success in the struggle of life itself. With a practical index to the essential principles of strategy, and Ralph Sawyer's thoughtful chapter-by-chapter commentaries, The Complete Art of War is designed to bring the reader new insights into the nature of human conflict. Whether it is playing the game of politics or building a successful marriage, closing a deal or managing a large organization, making war or even making peace, The Complete Art of War stands as one of the ultimate guides to a deeper understanding of human affairs. ... Read more Reviews (8)
The teachings of the greatest military geniuses of all time. "The Art of War" has been studied the world over by military, political and business leaders seeking to understand the nature of human conflict in all it's forms. Although thousands of years old, the teachings of Sun Tzu remain relevant even today. The maxims of Sun Tzu have been applied by students of "The Art of War" to such modern conflicts as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Sun Tzu's teachings range from the seemingly simple, such as "Someone unfamiliar with the mountains and forests cannot advance the army", to the more complex and thought provoking, such as "In order await the disordered. In tranquility await the clamorous. This is the way to control the mind." The manual covers such diverse topics as training, supplies, terrain, the seasons and the use of spys, and includes detailed commentary by China's greatest military leaders through the centuries. "The Art of War" should be read by anyone who studies military history or strategy, and is part of the curriculum of many of the world's military academies. Studying the teachings of Sun Tzu can help you to form strategies for conflict resolution or negotiating in business, political or social endeavors through a greater understanding of human interaction.
Sun Tzu and Sun Pin are timeless
Excellent
suffering
good additional material |
174. Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) by David C. Howell | |
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A clear and comprehensive introductory statistics text
The worst stats book for the social sciences
superbly-written and serious intorduction Other introductory books (such as Runyon's "Fundamentals of Behavioral Statistics") may provide more advanced treatments or cover more material, but in general they end up being long-winded and unfocused. Howell's book is crisp. And in case you're wondering about the title, statistical methods for the behavioral sciences are not different than statistical methods in any other quantitative discipline. It's just that Howell draws his examples from psychology, sociology, etc., and may make mention of some of the conventions used by researchers in these fields.
A rare jewel
An outstanding introductory text in statistics. This book is a "keeper". The author stresses the use of computers discusses several statistics programs available. He also thoughtfully provides exercise data for input to several a computer program. It is unfortunate, however, that he failed to mention the most powerful of these programs on the market today. I hope that he will examine this in future editions. ... Read more |
175. College Algebra Essentials by Robert F. Blitzer | |
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176. Introduction to Business Statistics (with CD-ROM) by Ronald M. Weiers | |
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The best statistics book ever This book really helped me at my job to make decision calculations. ... Read more |
177. Telecom Crash Course by StevenShepard, Steven Shepard | |
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Book Description Explore the vast telecom landscape -- from standards and protocols to premise, access and transport technologies. Far more than an acronym-studded quick fix, Telecom Crash Course is a true tutorial that offers you context, connections, and the wisdom to quickly grasp key technologies, including wireless Internet, optical networking, 3G, IP, protocol layer, PSTN, ATM, spread spectrum, GPRS, and SIP. Author Steven Shepard includes lively stories that deliver important points about the markets that drive the technologies. You get rigorous technical accuracy, with explanations of each technology's economic importance. Here’s your chance to decipher the alphabet soup of telecom acronyms -- not just what they stand for, but what they mean and how they can generate profits. ... Read more Reviews (11)
Excellent Introduction, in the opinion of a Telecom newcomer Please, please, please do not let the bad reviews of this book discourage you from checking it out. I just finished reading the entire book, and wanted to log on to share my high opinion of it.
a scatterbrained mess... I purchased this book mostly to learn about telephony. I already know a lot about data networking, and I wanted to expand my knowledge of other aspects of telecom and optical WAN technologies like SONET and SDH. I knew I was in for trouble after reading about 50 pages. Have you ever read a technical book where you had a really hard time absorbing the info, even when you re-read the same paragraphs over and over again? Well, chances are it's not your fault, it's the author's! I can say this for sure about this book, b/c it described stuff that I already know about, and after reading it, I was more confused than before! Part of the problem is the author's complete lack of organizational logic. On page 2, he describes all of the "techno-jargon" that permeates the telecom industry, and "often gets in the way of the relatively straightforward task of learning how all this stuff actually works". I totally agree, jargon should not obfuscate. BUT, if you're going to point out this common pitfall, you best avoid it yourself, and Shepard does not! He's all over the board, dropping terms and concepts with little or no explanation. About 10 pages in, it's already a muddled mess. The mess gets worse. He discusses all of these different approaches to multiplexing, but doesn't take the time to explain what the basic process of multiplexing is all about until page 200! Throughout the entire book, he constantly refers to switching versus routing, but he doesn't explain the basic processes until the final 2 pages! These are just a couple examples that stuck out in my mind. To be sure, there is some useful information to be gleaned here, but it's hard to sort out from all the "noise". Shepard gets into way too much detail on certain subjects and not enough on others, without any discernable logic. For example, he spends several pages discussing how fiber cables are manufactured, but spends less than one page discussing the basic processes of routing and switching. However, given the topic of the book, isn't the latter subject a lot more applicable? As far as I know, telecom professionals don't need to make the actual fiber cables. This book is too technical for someone who doesn't know anything about telecom, and it's not practical enough for someone who knows a lot. If you're in between like me, you stand to gain a decent high-level overview of the industry, but the details are murky at best.
Excellent Telecom Overview
entertaining but lightweight I won't say this book is worthless, because he does have a marketer's flair for making business sense of technology and predicting trends, and there is probably enough material here to fill a few good magazine articles. One of them, on the psychology of computer hacking (inserted in the middle of a discussion of the OSI protocol stack), unfortunately has nothing to do with telecom. Also, the mini-Esperanto/English dictionary is entertaining but probably should have been left for the author's web site. I mean, I agree that's funny, but there are those of us who paid for a book on telecom.
The complete telecom overview |
178. Clinical Trials: A Methodologic Perspective by StevenPiantadosi | |
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presents clinical trials issues and methodology clearly
The best start in clinical trial
Most up-to-date and thorough cover of Clinical Trials |
179. Introduction to Probability and Statistics (with InfoTrac and CD-ROM) by William Mendenhall, RobertJ. Beaver, BarbaraM. Beaver | |
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Very poorly written. Another problem is that there are too few examples. Considering their meager explanations, one would hope they would at least provide enough examples to help students understand the concepts. But they usually provide only one or two problems, which are woefully inadequate. Also, the CD is totally useless. Most of the practice is multiple choice, which I think is pretty silly for a stats class. In addition, there is no explanation for how they got to the answer, so if you can't figure it out and choose the wrong answer, you're out of luck for any explanation. I stopped using this book for my course and instead began using Elementary Statistics, A Step by Step Approach by Bluman. This book is excellent; it explains everything from step 1. There are also many, many examples and lots of pictures to help you further understand stats. Also, they explain very clearly when you should use the different formulas, which I found extremely helpful in bringing all the concepts together.
Disappointing
An "easy" introduction but lacks content This book was required for an introductory non-calculus based statistics course at my school and it turned out to be a mixed bag.The theories are explained well in most cases but the book doesn't have enough examples for all of the theorems.Many times only one case is explained in dynamic situations leaving this reader more than a little lost.Usually the theorems are explained well enough that this is not a big deal, but not so in every case.So there tends to be those points where the student may get a little stuck without assistance from their professor. Another problem I found was that the book was a little bit dumbed down in many areas.This book uses no calculus, so the theories are presented often without the mathematical rigor required to properly formulate accurate results.The book still presents the theorems and formulas in a way where the student can get something out of this without calculus, but it becomes a problem later in the book in the sections on regression.For a non-calculus based class like the one I took, this is all unavoidable, so the book handled the situation well considering the constraints. This book presents a very light introduction to statistics and is good prep for more advanced statistics courses, but as a stand-alone only the most basic material is presented since it is non-calculus based and the material is spread thin between combinatorics, probability, binomial distributions, normal distributions, t distributions, ANOVA tests, regression, non-parametric statistics, etc... To attain a significant amount of useful knowledge you really need to buy separate books tackling each of these subjects independantly, so this book is really unneccessary even for an introductory text but might serve well the student who needs to be eased into statistics lightly or just wants a brief overview of the subject.
Very good as a required text |
180. Real Analysis: A First Course (2nd Edition) by Russell Gordon | |
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A great 1-term-undergraduate text in Analysis
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