Author: DAVID S. MOORE, GEORGE P. McCABE, BRUCE A. CRAIG
Publisher: 6th Edition; 6th edition (January 25, 2006)
Statistics is the science of data. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics (IPS) is an introductory text based on this principle. We present the most-used methods of basic statistics in a way that emphasizes working with data and mastering statistical reasoning. IPS is elementary in mathematical level but conceptually rich in statistical ideas and serious in its aim to help students think about data and use statistical methods with understanding.
Some schematic history will help place IPS in the universe of texts for a first course in statistics for students from a variety of disciplines. Traditional texts were almost entirely devoted to methods of inference, with quick coverage of means, medians, and histograms as a preliminary. No doubt this reflected the fact that inference is the only part of statistics that has a mathematical theory behind it. Several innovative books aimed at nontraditional audiences pioneered a broader approach that paid more attention to design of samples and experiments, the messiness of real data, and discussion of real-world statistical studies and controversies. All were written by widely known statisticians whose main business was not writing textbooks.
The Nature of Statistics (Wallis and Roberts) has passed away, but Statistics (Freedman and collaborators) and Statistics: Concepts and Controversies (Moore) remain alive and well. Noneof these books tried to meet the needs of a typical first course because their audiences did not need full coverage of standard statistical methods.
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