With an emphasis on exploratory data analysis, BASIC STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS teaches students to identify trends in their data that will help them ask the right questions. Rather than leading students through operations on data, this modern textbook stresses hands-on experience with more than 200 real data sets and approximately 1000 exercises in the book. This new text, a basic version of Larry Kitchens' groundbreaking text, EXPLORING STATISTICS, develops students' statistical intuition and nurtures the development of a statistical way of thinking. The author has shaped this text specifically for the elementary statistics course, leaving out the more advanced topics from his previous book. MINITAB? is the main statistical analysis software utilized in the text.
Emphasizing exploratory data analysis, this textbook is designed to build the skills needed to identify trends. Particular attention is given to the organization of data, relationships between variables, probability, sampling, inference, hypothesis testing, distributions, the analysis of categorical data, regression analysis, and variance. Raw data, featured in 200 data sets, illustrates the practical problems statisticians face. A companion CD-ROM contains a lab manual, video tutorials, and data sets. Kitchens teaches at Appalachian State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR