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  • Paperback: 718 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Sept. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527587
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university. She was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, and was offered a university scholarship to undertake a PhD studying particularly rare breeds of differential equations. She moved away from academia when she realized that people would stop talking to her at parties, and went on to pursue a career in software development instead. She currently combines IT consultancy with writing and mathematics.

When Dawn's not working on Head First books, you'll find her honing her Tai Chi skills, making bobbin lace or cooking nice meals. She hasn't yet mastered the art of doing all three at the same time.

She also enjoys traveling, and spending time with her lovely husband, David.


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Very well written!!! Excellent for those of us who don't exactly have a way with numbers.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Written with Learning in Mind Oct. 8 2008
By G. Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first Head First book, and I was quite impressed. I am a graduate student who has had little to no previous experience in statistics. For the most part, I can complete SPSS analysis with ease and I understand most of the concepts presented in class. However, it dawned on me that there were gaps in my understanding that weren't being adequately explained by my professor or my textbooks. I wanted a real, in-depth understanding of when and why I would use specific methods, not just how to do the methods. This book is a wonderful synthesis that uses current research on how we learn effectively. I love the way that it blends concepts with problem-solving to enforce the connections for long-term retention and comprehension.

(I do have one criticism: it appears that there are some spelling errors and exercise mistakes. They are not overwhelming, and, fortunately, you learn enough to recognize the mistakes, but they should be noted. However, they are so mild, it is not worth spoiling a good review.)
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Confused by Statistics - You need this book! March 15 2011
By angelarbeasley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my third statistics book. I am taking statistics in college. I failed statistics once and thought I would never, ever pass it or let alone understand it. I went to my local book store and went through book after book, after book and finally decided on this one. I cannot believe I am actually learning statistics. I was so confused and lost that my professor did not even want to bother with me. Anyway, I am not going to ramble on....but this is one hell of a book to learn statistics with. In my opinion it is much better than "Statistics for Dummies" and "Statistics for the Utterly Confused" (I own them as well). If this book can teach me statistics, it can teach anyone statistics.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The "Head First Statistics Advantage" Oct. 6 2008
By Ira Laefsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Head First Statistics by Dawn Griffiths has a simple, but infinitely valuable advantage over test preparation guides and other statistics texts for the mathematically challenged. First, like all books in the Head First series it is actually interesting and fun to study, as well as clear and simple. Even more importantly for the psychology or physical science/engineering student, and possibly unique among introductory statistics texts, it explains what each statistic means, what it is good for, where it applies (and doesn't apply), and how to use it in verifying the results of an experiment. Unlike other easy to learn statistics primers, it provides a real introduction to experimental design, as well as being a drill and practice cookbook for test preparation. This book will be an important tool for all students of the experimental sciences.
--Ira Laefsky
52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Great idea, but has some major problems Jan. 1 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was actually looking at statistics books for a relative who wanted to learn about statistics for his job.

While I have to commend the creators of this guide for an innovative approach, there are some major problems with the mathematics in the book. The worst example I can think of is that of Bayesian analysis (a very important concept, but a rather difficult one to understand). The example is confusingly presented, and, worse still, the method they give for solving the problem is simply wrong, and is actually solving a much simpler problem that does not even require this technique. Quite simply, I cannot understand how any person well-versed in statistics--let alone multiple people--could make errors of this magnitude; in the end, I couldn't justify spending the money for it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding introduction to statistics Aug. 18 2009
By L. F. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Head First Statistics is an outstanding introduction to statistics for those who need a good nuts-and-bolts guide that explains what the basic statistical operations are, how to use them, and-- most importantly-- where they should be used. It would also be very useful to those who were left dazed and confused by an earlier encounter with a college stats course. This is because it differs so much from most textbooks and reviews guides. In fact, it's actually interesting to read, and the exercises are fun to do. (I know how unlikely that sounds, but it's true!)

The greatest strength of this book is the progressive way it builds understanding by clearly explaining exactly what each statistical function means, what the results of each function shows about the data, and when it should-- and shouldn't-- be applied. By the end, anyone who reads carefully and does the exercises will have a pretty firm grip on the essentials of statistical analysis.

The book is unusual in its concept and design, too. The concepts are served up in easily digestible bites with lots of graphics, useful sidebars containing supplemental information, and exercises based on practical, real-world cases. No math beyond basic algebra is necessary for doing any of the exercises in the book. Finally, the tone is light and conversational, but it isn't at all condescending or cutsie.

This most certainly is not an advanced textbook or a comprehensive reference manual. However, for anyone who needs an introductory text or a review for a stats exam, this is the book to get. I recommend it most highly.


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