Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Book Review (#8 of 2008)

If you're taking Stats 291 at UK or some other college then you should just sell back your textbook and buy this book used instead.

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics by Neil J. Salkind.

I needed to brush up on my stats and bought the first edition for $1.50. Salkind has done a GREAT job of explaining the different t-tests, chi-squared tests, regression analysis, etc. in very simple terms and gives easy-to-follow examples of how to do them on your own. It's written for college kids who are asking "When will I ever need this stuff?" This book would have saved me a headache as a sophomore sitting through 300-person lectures and a lab with a Chinese TA who really didn't speak English.

I think everyone should understand basic statistics. It allows you to analyze things more clearly and be more critical of studies you see on the news. This was easy and fun to read, hard to find in a stats textbook.

4.5 stars out of 5.

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