Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (December 21, 2010)
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This was the prescribed textbook for my statistics course. The book was not my choice, but I thought to myself, any stats textbook is a good stats textbook. Let me go through the good points first, then I will talk about the issues.From content alone, I think this book is the first book that completely covers the critical aspects of statistics. I have never come across any text that explains the relationship between Type I and Type II errors as detailed and meticulously as this book. Other areas, such as ANOVA and decision making, are also very well covered. It might take a couple of readings to fully understand it, but in the end they did the best they could to explain these otherwise very difficult topics. I also liked the on-line support provided for the instructors. Contents and solutions could be easily obtained in digital format, and it saved some time for preparing lecture notes on Powerpoint.However, I found this textbook a little difficult to teach from directly. On the topic of confidence interval and hypothesis testing, the authors decided to lump it all in one giant unit. Yes, according to them, confidence interval is a special case of hypothesis testing, and yes, I think this way is much more coherent. On the other hand, this would be a almost vertical learning curve for students so I went back to the "old" way of teaching confidence interval first in my lectures.The number of errors in the books also bugged me somewhat. Whole terms in formulae would either be missing, or not defined at all. There was also another section, where the authors went off tangent on a topic. I was left wondering why they went on and on for pages until I saw an ad spot for some of their other textbooks.
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