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Everday Probability and Statistics: Health, Elections, Gambling and War Paperback – Jul 31 2012
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This book presents important results of probability and statistics without making heavy mathematical demands to the reader. Either mature readers who long ago lost contact with formal mathematics or younger ones, who struggle somewhat with the subject, may find it helpful to test their new knowledge by tackling some problems posed at the end of each chapter … reading the solution may help to strengthen his, or her, understanding. It should enable an intelligent reader to properly assess statistical information and to understand that the same information can be presented in different ways. --Zentralblatt MATH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Probability and statistics impinge on the life of the average person in a variety of ways as is suggested by the title of this book. Very often, information is provided that is factually accurate but intended to present a biased view. This book presents the important results of probability and statistics without making heavy mathematical demands on the reader. It should enable an intelligent reader to properly assess statistical information and to understand that the same information can be presented in different ways.
The author presents a new chapter exploring science and society including the way that scientists communicate with the public on current topics such as global warming. The book also investigates pensions and pension policy, and how they are influenced by changing actuarial tables.
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For an intellectually serious account of basic statistics at the same elementary mathematical level (into the writing of which much more effort was put -- employing real data and based on feedback from decades of students) see instead Statistics, 4th Edition. For an entertaining and conceptually (though not mathematically) sophisticated account of what statistics is about, by a working academic statistician, see Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk and Health.