ALTERNATIVE STATISTICS BOOKS

You took several years of high school math and you were a decent math student, but now you're taking a college statistics course, and this is different than anything else you've ever taken. You're lost and you don't know what to do about it.

Maybe the problem is not you, but your book. Maybe all you need is a different book.

I teach college statistics, and I have a lot of statistics books in my collection. Most first courses in statistics cover pretty much the same topics. Some authors can explain it better than others.

There is no reason you can't use a different book, although I have never heard a teacher suggest this. Here are my suggestions:


There are lots of good statistics books out there. Marty Triola's is on his 12th edition - that tells you something. And he has a sense of humor - I first recognized this when he posed an experiment that he says is "more fun than humans should be allowed to have."

If you want lots of solved problems without lots of words, get the Schaums book. The Schaums series is a secret Math majors have known for years. Do not get the Kindle version - it is not convenient for looking up numbers in the tables in the back of the book.

Don't be deceived by these two cartoon books. They present the usual material in a light, entertaining style, and these writers know their stats.

Nobody does statistics by hand. If your course uses a computer statistics program, that's great, but you still have to do some calculations outside of the program. Or, your course may not use a computer program at all. The TI 84 has been around for years, and does an amazing amount of statistical calculations for you.

You can get any of these, including the calculator, used if you like.

Good luck!






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