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Not even the most brilliant statistician can instantly recall every rule and concept that forms the daily bread of statistical work. Sensibly organized for quick reference, Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition compiles simple rules that are widely applicable, robust, and elegant, and that capture key statistical concepts. This handbook provides a framework for considering statistical questions and explains the justification for each rule. This second edition is thoroughly updated to provide the most current tool for undergraduate and graduate-level students, applied statisticians, and…mehr

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Not even the most brilliant statistician can instantly recall every rule and concept that forms the daily bread of statistical work. Sensibly organized for quick reference, Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition compiles simple rules that are widely applicable, robust, and elegant, and that capture key statistical concepts. This handbook provides a framework for considering statistical questions and explains the justification for each rule. This second edition is thoroughly updated to provide the most current tool for undergraduate and graduate-level students, applied statisticians, and statistical consultants.
Praise for the First Edition: "For a beginner [this book] is a treasure trove; for an experienced person it can provide new ideas on how better to pursue the subject of applied statistics." --Journal of Quality Technology Sensibly organized for quick reference, Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition compiles simple rules that are widely applicable, robust, and elegant, and each captures key statistical concepts. This unique guide to the use of statistics for designing, conducting, and analyzing research studies illustrates real-world statistical applications through examples from fields such as public health and environmental studies. Along with an insightful discussion of the reasoning behind every technique, this easy-to-use handbook also conveys the various possibilities statisticians must think of when designing and conducting a study or analyzing its data. Each chapter presents clearly defined rules related to inference, covariation, experimental design, consultation, and data representation, and each rule is organized and discussed under five succinct headings: introduction; statement and illustration of the rule; the derivation of the rule; a concluding discussion; and exploration of the concept's extensions. The author also introduces new rules of thumb for topics such as sample size for ratio analysis, absolute and relative risk, ANCOVA cautions, and dichotomization of continuous variables. Additional features of the Second Edition include: * Additional rules on Bayesian topics * New chapters on observational studies and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) * Additional emphasis on variation and causation * Updated material with new references, examples, and sources A related Web site provides a rich learning environment and contains additional rules, presentations by the author, and a message board where readers can share their own strategies and discoveries. Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition is an ideal supplementary book for courses in experimental design and survey research methods at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as an indispensable reference for statisticians, researchers, consultants, and scientists who would like to develop an understanding of the statistical foundations of their research efforts.
  • Produktdetails
  • Wiley Series in Probability an Nr.699
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons / WILEY
  • Seitenzahl: 272
  • Erscheinungstermin: August 2008
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 231mm x 155mm x 18mm
  • Gewicht: 454g
  • ISBN-13: 9780470144480
  • ISBN-10: 0470144483
  • Artikelnr.: 23451892
Autorenporträt
GERALD van BELLE, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He is the author or coauthor of more than 130 journal articles and several books, including Biostatistics: A Methodology for the Health Sciences, also published by Wiley. A recipient of the 2003 Wiley Author of the Year Award (Mathematics and Statistics Section), Dr. van Belle is a Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface to the Second Edition. Preface to the First Edition. Acronyms. 1 The Basics. 2 Sample Size. 3 Observational Studies. 4 Covariation. 5 Environmental Studies. 6 Epidemiology. 7 Evidence-Based Medicine. 8 Design
Conduct
and Analysis. 9 Words
Tables
and Graphs. 10 Consulting. Epilogue. References. Author Index. Topic Index.
Rezensionen
"The first edition was masterful, the second is beyond wonderful. First-edition topics have been updated; new chapters on observational studies and evidence-based medicine broaden and deepen impact. A must read for all who produce or read quantitative studies." (Thomas A. Louis, PhD, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)