New York etc.: W. H. Freeman and Company. xix, 790 p.; A-49 p. £19.95 (1989).
Introduction to the Practice of Statistics is an elementary but serious introduction to modern statistics for general college audiences. This book is serious because our aim is to help readers think about data and use statistical methods with understanding. It is elementary in the level of mathematics required and in the statistical procedures presented. Students need only a working knowledge of algebra; that is, they must be able to read and use formulas without a detailed explanation of each step.
The title of the book expresses our intent to introduce readers to statistics as it is used in practice. Statistics in practice is concerned with gaining understanding from data; it is focused on problem-solving rather than on methods that may be useful in specific settings. A text cannot fully imitate practice, because it must teach specific methods in a logical order and must use data that are not the reader’s own. Nonetheless, our interest and experience in applying statistics have influenced the nature of this book in several ways. (From the preface).
Chapter headings: 1. Looking at data: Distributions; 2. Looking at data: Change and growth; 3. Looking at data: Relationships; 4. Producing data; 5. Probability: The study of randomness; 6. From probability to inference; 7. Introduction to inference; 8. Inference for distributions; 9. Inference for count data; 10. Inference for regression; 11. Analysis of variance.