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  • Perfect Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Europe; 3 edition (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550093479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550093476
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 21.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on Sept. 16 2012
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The book is very detailed. It's a great start to biostatistics although the SpSS content wasn't as in depth as I'd like. Nothing about the outputs and how to interpret them.

A great explanation of the basics though. And funny as hell :)
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By Sunj on Jan. 21 2014
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The product arrived on time. It contains a CD but it is not the actual SPSS software CD.
Go for it if you need a basic essential textbook for Bio-statistics.
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By bookgirl on Oct. 1 2012
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The authors use easy to understand language and a lot of humour to teach some complex concepts and formulae. It is really enjoyable to read and easy to translate the knowledge to real-world data sets and calculations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Witteman on May 28 2008
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I bought the third edition of this book for my own use, but my wife has a copy of the second edition. The physical difference between the books is astonishing.

If they cut any more corners on the production of this book they'd be shipping frisbees.

The third edition has a massive gluing flaw on the CD bound inside the front cover, making the cover a wrinkled mess. Inside it is worse - it appears to be a bad inkjet copy of the second edition, with cheap paper and no colour. Needless to say this makes the graphs and the breakout notes look like crap. I am very disappointed with this book.

The content seems fine, but reading a book with production values this low is a significant chore.

UPDATE
The publisher has responded to my criticism of the print quality of the book by offering to send me the *real* version - I apparently have a print-on-demand copy necessitated by a problem with their regular printer. This is obviously a very satisfactory resolution to the problem. As a sidebar, not all print-on-demand books have poor quality, but this one sure did.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A good statistics book Aug. 24 2008
By Yuri Vostok - Published on Amazon.com
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This book explains statistics in an entertaining way, altough, you must need to know some math to understand it better, the way the authors write is funny and is good for learning and teaching at the same time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Two Versions of Book One Without SPSS April 22 2010
By Leonard Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is simple minded and easy to understand without the complicated math. But there are two versions of the book. One comes with a bonus disk with SPSS. The other does not come with any disk at all. So you have to be sure you know what you are getting. Unfortunately I wanted the bonus disk with SPSS but I got the book without it. So I am stuck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials Feb. 6 2011
By Jana - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book! I have used this more than any other statistics texts on my shelf! Arrived in excellent condition, in the time frame promised. The disc enclosed cannot be used with a Mac computer, however.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as others Dec 16 2011
By Tesla - Published on Amazon.com
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I did learn some statistics from this book, but I found Rosner's Fundamentals of Biostatistics to be more useful and easier to understand.

Pros:
- They do a decent job of explaining some difficult concepts

Cons:
- If you don't like textbooks that try to liven-up dry subject matter with humor, then you will hate this book. These guys go overboard.
- The humor is mostly crude and I found it distracting more than anything.
- Often times they will introduce a formula, then give no example of it being used. Rosner does a good job of following up formulas and concepts with well written examples.
- I often spent a lot of time trying to grasp a topic in this book, only to find, when I opened up Rosner, I could figure it out quickly.
- Lots of unnecessary writing (mostly related to their attempts at humor)

Intuitive Biostatistics by Motolsky is also good if you are only interested in learning broad concepts. It does not delve into the math.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A humorous way to describe stats without many example problems to work out ourselves Feb. 28 2010
By R. Pett - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors describe stats in a very humorous and unique way keeping my attention as I read through what is a potentially very dry subject. Some examples are using z-score test to see if a product such as "mangro" is statistically significant in growing you know what and using ANOVA to compare various condom brands to see if anything is statistically significant. The authors have some sort of sick humor, but it gets the point across and keeps me up as I read it. My only negative about the book is I would like to have more example problems in the back that I could work out. There are some at the end of every chapter, but only about 5. To really get some of these complex statistical tests down, I felt I needed a bigger variety of tests.

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