Statistics (11th Edition) Hardcover – Dec 28 2007
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Dr. Jim McClave is currently President and CEO of Info Tech, Inc., a statistical consulting and software development firm with an international clientele. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Florida, where he was a full-time member of the faculty for twenty years.
Terry Sincich obtained his PhD in Statistics from the University of Florida in 1980. He is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems & Decision Sciences Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Sincich is responsible for teaching basic statistics to all undergraduates, as well as advanced statistics to all doctoral candidates, in the College of Business Administration. He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, International Journal of Forecasting, Academy of Management Journal, and the Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. Dr. Sincich is a co-author of the texts Statistics, Statistics for Business & Economics, Statistics for Engineering & the Sciences, and A Second Course in Statistics: Regression Analysis.
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That said, if your professor is using this book, you'd better hope that your professor is a good one, and you'd better listen and take notes in class. I got lucky and had a good professor who posted his lectures online.
In terms of the exercises in the book, they're not very good practice. They're too easy, and only give you practice for the most superficial application of the concepts.
Additionally, the way the data for the problems is pretty stupid or lazily done. Some of the problems require your professor to post the data online for you to do them. Alternatively a lot of problems ask you to flip to other sections, just to use the data. It's annoying to flip between sections just to do one measly homework problem.
The software that comes with the book is dumb. Chances are, your university will have a particular software that they want you to use, rather than whatever comes on the disk with the book, for example, Jmp (written by a famous Stats software company, SAS. Their stuff is good. Jmp kind of sucks though and a lot of the time you have no idea how to use the software, while the help section tells you what you CAN do, not HOW to do something).
If you have this book assigned to you for a class, you won't learn much from it. It's only useful for the homework problems you're assigned (which aren't good practice. Your professor might screw you over with harder problems on the test), and the data tables in the back. I seriously recommend not buying it, and just go to the school library to use a class copy and do the homework.
The only thing I liked about this book was the way the Standard Distribution Table was set up. But even that is not the standard way it's normally represented.
This book sucked so much that the most I could sell it back for was 20 bucks. Even though this piece of crap cost me 120.