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The fun and easy way to enhance your grasp of statistics

Need to expand your statistics knowledge and move on to Statistics II? This friendly, hands-on guide gives you the skills you need to take on multiple regression, analysis of variance (ANOVA), Chi-square tests, nonparametric procedures, and other key topics. Statistics II For Dummies also provides plenty of test-taking strategies as well as real-world applications that make data analysis a snap, whether you're in the classroom or at work.

  • Begin with the basics — review the highlights of Stats I and expand on simple linear regression, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests

  • Start making predictions — master multiple, nonlinear, and logistic regression; check conditions; and interpret results

  • Analyze variance with ANOVA — break down the ANOVA table, one-way and two-way ANOVA, the F-test, and multiple comparisons

  • Connect with Chi-square tests — examine two-way tables and test categorical data for independence and goodness-of-fit

  • Leap ahead with nonparametrics — grasp techniques used when you can't assume your data has a normal distribution

Open the book and find:

  • Up-to-date methods for analyzing data

  • Full explanations of Statistics II concepts

  • Clear and concise step-by-step procedures

  • Dissection of computer output

  • Lots of tips, strategies, and warnings

  • Ten common errors in statistical conclusions

  • Everyday statistics applications

  • Tables for completing calculations used in the book

Learn to:

  • Increase your skills in data analysis
  • Sort through and test models
  • Make predictions
  • Apply statistics to real-world situations

About the Author

Deborah Rumsey, PhD, is a Statistics Education Specialist and Auxiliary Faculty Member in the Department of Statistics at Ohio State University. She is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and has received the Presidential Teaching Award from Kansas State University. Dr. Rumsey has published numerous papers and given many professional presentations on the subject of statistics education.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Useful for Class and Reference Dec 19 2010
By Carl Franklin, JD/PhD - Published on
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I teach statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Statistics 2 for Dummies is a well-written and easy-to-understand text which can be easily used in both the classroom and as a secondary reference source. Deborah Rumsey presents plenty of examples along with sufficient clear explanation to help the reader move from one level to the next. Someone well motivated can use this text to learn the basics for more advanced statistics; however, this text would be even more useful with a knowledgeable and patient instructor.

I would suggest making one significant change for future editions. The author relies on the Minitab software package when discussing the use of computer aided statistical analysis. There are better, and often cheaper, software packages available for the user. Students will most likely have PASW, formally SPSS, available at most institutions of higher education. In addition, Amazon and many other retail outlets selling to students and faculty will have relatively inexpensive versions of this more powerful software available. While Minitab remains a viable option, and is certainly usable where available, I would recommend that in the next edition the author include instruction for the more popular PASW software package. Similarly, the program Mathematica should be at least mentioned in the text discussing computer aided statistical analysis, especially since this is a top choice for many in mathematics, economics, and many sciences.

Rumsey's book does a very good job in tackling the types of regression in the use in making predictions. In addition the section covering nonparametric methods is very useful. As expected, these are advanced methods for statistical analysis, and the author assumes a moderately strong understanding of basic statistics. Fortunately, the author also refer to her first book, statistics one, to help guide the reader for remedial study.

As a professor the book's greatest advantage is its relatively low price, something very important to today student. It is relatively easy to read, which makes the learning experience better. One item worth noting is the absence of exercises or material to test the reader's understanding. It would be easier to select this book for use in the classroom if such material were included or readily available from the publisher. Since this text appears to be primarily for the consumer market adding such material to the book would likely raise the price and defeat the purpose of the Dummies line of books. Based on this I typically use this book as a recommended reading and reference for my students.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book Oct. 22 2009
By Eric Johnson - Published on
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Statistics 2 for Dummies is THE source for me to get the ideas and methods to make informed decisions for my business. The best part of this book is that Professor Rumsey actually uses plain, understandable English! I think that this book would be an asset for your business, or for your college-level coursework.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
the BEST stats 2 book EVER March 1 2012
By supermom at chedworth - Published on
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I am a graduate student taking Biostats 2 and ventured to buy the Statistics 2 for Dummies.
This book is simply awesome!!!!!
It is so very easy to read, I feel like I am back in 3rd grade. I was having a beast of a time with multiple regression and was petrified of the algebra associated with curvilinear regression (it's been over 2 decades since I tackled this and I'm afraid I must have 'deleted' those files). In just one afternoon I have it squared away!
I may even attempt to 'teach' my colleagues in my group!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A very understandable sampling of upper level statistics topics. March 27 2014
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This is a great book. I'm currently taking a few college level statistics classes and this really helps to give you something to build on, especially if the books your using are overly complicated and are giving you a hard time getting off on the right foot. You can read through the complete section on the topic of your choice in probably an hour and a half.

You might be able to perform a few basic tests for a humanities class based on whats presented here, but you won't be able to provide a really strong analysis for upper level stat courses or journal or anything. For example, the regression section doesn't get into dummy variables, or higher order multiple nonlinear models, etc. For ANOVA tests, instead of just eyeballing the normality and equal variance assumptions, you could perform an Anderson Darling test in Minitab or a Levene's test for equal variance.

However, this book isn't meant to have everything there is to know, and what it does provide does a great job of presenting everything in an understandable manner. If this author were to write a more thorough book on some of theses topics in the same manner, I would seriously consider buying them as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
handy manual May 8 2011
By W. F. Sijtsma - Published on
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Handy manual which explains a confusing subject in plain English. You will have to be proficient in Algebra and math before you start on the book.