Principles and Procedures of Statistics Hardcover – Jan 1997
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As statistics books go, this book is above average, but it is still not the clearest book out there. I do like the inclusion of example data within the book, but often the mathematics is not presented in the clearest way. I think there are a number of better statistics books out there, books that take the reader to a more advanced level while being easier to read. My favorite book that in my opinion achieves these goals is "Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis" by John Rice.
I also would have appreciated much more discussion of biology. The authors do not do a good job of communicating what makes the application of statistics to biology special. There are important distinctions between the application of statistics in biology and its application in other fields, in terms of the usefulness of various techniques, and the sorts of problems and complications that arise. It is clear that the "biometrical approach" influenced the authors' choice of topics, but I wish they had more explicitly discussed how the mathematics relates to concepts and phenomena that are specific to biology. This potential connection to biology was the main reason I picked up this book, and I was quite disappointed to find that the connection wasn't developed to the degree I had expected.