Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Statistics

1.1 The First Three Words of Statistics

1.2 The Fourth and Fifth Words

1.3 The Branches of Statistics

1.4 Sources of Data

1.5 Sampling Concepts

1.6 Sample Selection Methods

One-Minute Summary

Test Yourself

Every day, the media uses numbers to describe or analyze our world:

“6 New Facts About Facebook” (A. Smith,, 3 February 2014). A survey reported that women were more likely than men to cite seeing photos or videos, sharing with many people at once, seeing entertaining or funny posts, learning about ways to help others, and receiving support from people in their network as reasons to use Facebook.

“First Two Years of College Wasted?” (M. Marklein, USA Today, 18 January ...

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