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The Fascination of Statistics : Popular Statistics - Richard J. Brook

The Fascination of Statistics

Popular Statistics

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Published: 1st February 1986
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Written by experts in a broad range of fields, this outstanding book shows how statistical thinking and methods help answer questions in a wide variety of subjects -- including law, medicine, psychology, geography, and more. The Fascination of Statistics permits readers with little formal statistical training to understand and enjoy demonstrations of how numbers open up new ways of thinking about problems ... addresses current issues for which statistics has practical applications ... classifies articles according to methodology, including probability, condensing data, testing, estimation, experimental design, prediction, and modelling ... begins each subject with a real problem and its statistical solution ... and includes numerous tables, equations, and delightful line drawings that add further dimensions to the contents. The Fascination of Statistics is essential reading for students and teachers of statistics; professionals in mathematics, biometry, economics, psychology, law, geography, agriculture, city planning, biology, computer science, and other fields to which statistics can be applied; and general readers interested in statistics. It is also excellent supplementary reading in applied statistics courses. Book jacket.

Prefacep. iii
Contributorsp. ix
Probabilityp. 1
Probabilities, Meeting, and Matingp. 3
How Much Does a Kilogram of Milk Powder Weigh?p. 13
Writing the Book of Life: Medical Record Linkagep. 25
Condensing Complex Datap. 47
Numerical Approaches to Classificationp. 51
Pattern Recognition, or How to Tell It's One of Thosep. 65
Finders Keepersp. 73
How to Assess Management Trainingp. 89
Multidimensional Scaling in Product Developmentp. 103
The Positioning of Zap: An Application of Discriminant Analysisp. 111
Understanding Patient-Physician Communicationp. 123
The Why and Wherefore of Factor Analysisp. 139
Hypothesis Testingp. 159
Testing for Trends in the Weatherp. 161
How the Theory of Evolution Could Be Disproved, But Isn'tp. 173
Unraveling DNA Informationp. 183
Sequential Experimentation, or Count Your Chickens as They Hatchp. 193
Estimationp. 203
Estimating the Size of Wildlife Populations Using Capture Techniquesp. 205
Who Still Comes to the Races?p. 217
Experimentalp. 229
Randomization: A Historic Controversyp. 231
Some Sidelights on Experimental Designp. 245
Predictionp. 267
You Can't Catch Me: I'm the Gingerbread Manp. 269
Ultrasound in Ante-Natal Diagnosisp. 277
Predicting Suicide: Statistical and Clinical Strategiesp. 295
Predicting Earthquakesp. 307
Genetic Evaluation of Bulls for Milk Productionp. 321
Modelingp. 329
The Survival of the Fittestp. 331
Forecasting Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: An Elementary Analysisp. 351
Spreading Disease by Statistics and Growing Cities with Computersp. 375
Time Series and the Stock Marketp. 391
The 100-Year Flood and All Thatp. 399
War and Peace: Why Is Power Unstable?p. 415
Indexp. 427
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ISBN: 9780824773298
ISBN-10: 0824773292
Series: Popular Statistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st February 1986
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1