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Stats: Data and Models (3rd Edition) [Hardcover]

Richard D. De Veaux , Paul F. Velleman , David E. Bock
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Dec 29 2010 0321692551 978-0321692559 3

Stats: Data and Models, Third Edition, will intrigue and challenge students by encouraging them to think statistically and by emphasizing how statistics helps us understand the world. Praised by students and instructors alike for its readability and ease of comprehension, this text focuses on statistical thinking and data analysis. The authors draw from their wealth of consulting experience to craft compelling examples, which encourages students to learn how to reason with data. This book is organized into short chapters that concentrate on one topic at a time, offering instructors maximum flexibility in planning their courses.


The text is appropriate for a one-or-two semester introductory statistics course and includes advanced topics, such as Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Multiple Regression, and Nonparametrics.

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Richard D. De Veaux is an internationally known educator and lecturer. He has taught at the Wharton School and the Princeton University School of Engineering, where he won a "Lifetime Award for Dedication and Excellence in Teaching." Since 1994, he has been Professor of Statistics at Williams College. During 2006-2007 he returned to Princeton as the William R. Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching. Dick has won both the Wilcoxon and Shewell awards from the American Society for Quality. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dick is also well known in industry, where over 20 years he has consulted for such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Alcoa, DuPont, Pillsbury, General Electric, and American Express. Because of some conversations he had with Mickey Hart while Hart was doing research for his book, Planet Drum, Dick has often been called the "Official Statistician for the Grateful Dead."

            Dick holds degrees from Princeton University in Civil Engineering (B.S.E.) and Mathematics (A.B.) and from Stanford University in Dance Education (M.A.) and Statistics (Ph.D.) where he studied with Persi Diaconis. His research focuses on the analysis of large data sets and data mining in science and industry.

            In his spare time he is an avid cyclist and swimmer. He also is the founder and bass for the "Diminished Faculty," an a cappella Doo-Wop quartet at Williams College. He was once a professional dancer and teaches Modern Dance during Winter Study at Williams. Dick is the father of four children.


Paul F. Velleman has an international reputation for innovative Statistics education. He is the author and designer of the multimedia statistics CD-ROM ActivStats, for which he was awarded the EDUCOM Medal for innovative uses of computers in teaching statistics, and the ICTCM Award for Innovation in Using Technology in College Mathematics. He also developed the award-winning statistics program, Data Desk, and the Internet site Data and Story Library (DASL) (http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/DASL/., which provides data sets for teaching Statistics. Paul coauthored (with David Hoaglin) ABCs of Exploratory Data Analysis.

            Paul has taught Statistics at Cornell University since 1975. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College in Mathematics and Social Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from Princeton University, where he studied with John Tukey. His research often deals with statistical graphics and data analysis methods.

            Paul is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

            Out of class, Paul sings baritone in a barbershop quartet. He is the father of two boys.


David E. Bock taught mathematics at Ithaca High School for 35 years. He has taught Statistics at Ithaca High School, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, Ithaca College, and Cornell University. Dave has won numerous teaching awards, including the MAA's Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching (twice) and Cornell University's Outstanding Educator Award (three times); he has also been a finalist for New York State Teacher of the Year.

            Dave holds degrees from the University at Albany in Mathematics (B.A.) and Statistics/Education (M.S.).

            Dave has been a reader for the AP Statistics exam, serves as a Statistics consultant to the College Board, and leads workshops and institutes for AP Statistics teachers. He is currently K-12 Education and Outreach Coordinator and a senior lecturer for the Mathematics Department at Cornell University.

            Dave relaxes by biking and hiking. He and his wife have enjoyed many days camping across Canada and through the Rockies. They have a son, a daughter, and twin granddaughters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook Feb. 20 2014
By Lisa
Although this review might not help anyone because rare is it that you can choose your own textbook but I am thankful that this is mine for my stats course. I actually enjoy reading it and it makes sense!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best textbook I've read July 9 2012
By Sean M - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic Stat textbook. It's pretty much the only textbook I can actually sit down and read like a novel; it's a pleasure to read and is written very conversationally. The examples are great and presented in a very clear and easy-to-understand manner.
I originally bought this for a specific class, but this textbook could help your understanding of Statistics whether it's your class' textbook or not. I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book Dec 27 2013
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, if you never taken statistics before, this is not the easy stats of simple dice and poker probabilities. Treat any stats course that uses this book with the same respect as a calculus course (i.e. it's a bad idea to take stats and calc in the same semester). The first few chapters start light, mostly explaining normal distributions, correlation, regression, etc; easy enough. After a few chapters you start dealing with geometric, binomial, and Poisson distributions, which is a little bit harder, but doable. This is about where you have to remember a lot of formulas (e.g. formula for standard deviation is different for each distribution: it's sqrt(q/p^2), sqrt(npq), sqrt(lambda), respectively). And by around chapter 20 and onwards the material is really thick (at least for me); so keep up.

The book is 31 chapters long (your class may not cover the whole book; our class only went up to 26); each chapter being about 30 pages long, not counting end of chapter notes and exercises. Language of the book is easy to understand; not overly technical, mostly plain English. At the end of any chapter containing calculations, there's a section on how to do the calculations on different technology (TI-83/84, TI-89, SPSS, and other software). Pay extra attention to this section, it'll make your life easier (way faster than hand calculating) if your professor allows technology in the classroom. The back of the book contains answers for odd-number questions, and also various stats tables (for those who prefer hand calculations). Also note, the book contains yellow highlights that's printed by the publisher; don't worry, no one marked up the book you bought. I guess the author wanted to be extra sure that you knew which points were the important ones.
4.0 out of 5 stars It was anything but easy, and I believe my class only covered up ... Oct. 3 2014
By Nysa Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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It was alright. I learned the material, I passed the class. It was anything but easy, and I believe my class only covered up to about chapter 20 (as it is a two-parter course). While it appears others liked the conversational nature of the text, I at times found it a bit uncomfortable as it felt a bit tangential. It did not however get terribly bad with this, and stayed on topic, I just did not find it a pleasurable read. Still, it was informational, gave clear examples (although in my learning style I may have preferred more variable examples).

Overall, it's a statistics book, it did its job, fairly well in fact, there's not a great deal else to expect from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Sept. 12 2012
By Brd@CU - Published on Amazon.com
The only textbook that doesn't put me to sleep. I actually don't mind reading this book. It's easy to read, entertaining, and engaging. Really a wonderful book!
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the right book all right. March 3 2014
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Exactly as stated, this is the book listed in the description. However, be cautious when buying from sellers not fulfilled by amazon. The copy I purchased was listed as 'like new' but upon receiving the book is was VERY apparent that there had been water damage to the first 150 pages or so. However, it was a good deal for what I received!
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