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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Statistics, 2nd Edition by Robert Donnelly

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Where Is This Stuff Used?

The Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary defines statistics as “the science that deals with the collection, tabulation, and systematic classification of quantitative data, especially as a basis for inference and induction.” Now that’s a mouthful! In simpler terms, I view statistics as a way to convert numbers into useful information so that good decisions can be made.
 
These decisions can affect our lives in many ways. For instance, countless medical studies have been performed to determine the effectiveness of new drugs. Statistics form the basis of making an objective decision as to whether this new drug is actually an improvement over current treatments. The results of statistical studies and the manner in which these ...

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