Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking Paperback – Feb 3 2010
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"This splendid book meets a major need in public health, medicine, and biomedical research training--a user-friendly biostatistics text for non-mathematicians that clearly explains how to make sense of statistical results and how to avoid being confused by statistical nonsense. You may enjoy
statistics for the first time!"
--Gilbert S. Omenn, Professor of Medicine, Genetics, Public Health, and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan
About the Author
Harvey Motulsky previously held a faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego. Currently, founder of GraphPad Software, Inc.
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I bought this book as a recommendation from my supervisor, who owns a previous edition. But after I started reading it, and tell him the concepts, and why our data looked like it did, and why we did not get significant results or why we did get it, and whats a true meaning of t-statistics, and the theory behind confidence intervals, we decided to compare the versions, and we realized that first edition was way more formal and mathematical. So now he ordered this new addition too.
There are nearly no formulas in the book, it is very easy to read from head to tail. It's almost like reading a novel!
I am already half way through and I am very looking forward for the next chapter, which in fact never happened to me when reading a scientific material. Also, Q&A section is very nice, where you can check your understanding of concepts, or just see the correct answers to tricky questions.
This is an excellent review for clinicians who read a lot of journals and clinical trials. I've read other statistics books and they tend to be written more for students who have to perform calculations on tests. This book sticks more to concepts and stays away from formulas - most of which only mathematicians would truly understand. After reading this book, I feel I can better evaluate a clinical trial.
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