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Practical Business Statistics


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Practical business statistics was written in response to instructors not wanting a formula-driven, mathematically encyclopedic book for their one or two semester business statistics course at the junior, senior or graduate level. This text delivers a well-written, comprehensive text that includes excellent examples and exercises for a business statistics, statistical methods for business or statistical analysis for business and economics course

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1. Introduction: Defining the Role of Statistics in Business2. Data Structures: Classifying the Various Types of Data Sets3. Histograms: Looking at the Distribution of Data4. Landmark Summaries: Interpreting Typical Values and Percentiles5. Variability: Dealing with Diversity6. Probability: Understanding Random Situations7. Random Variables: Working with Uncertain Numbers8. Random Sampling: Planning Ahead for Data Gathering9. Confidence Intervals: Admitting that Estimates are not Exact10. Hypothesis Testing: Deciding Between Reality and Coincidence11. Correlation and Regression: Measuring and Predicting Relationships12. Multiple Regression: Predicting One Factor from Several Others13. Report Writing: Communicating the Results of a Multiple Regression14. Time Series: Understanding Changes Over Time15. Anova: Testing for Differences Among Many Samples, and Much More16. Nonparametrics: Testing with Ordinal Data or Nonnormal Distributions17. Chi-Squared Analysis: Testing for Patterns in Qualitative Data18. Quality Control: Recognizing and Managing VariationApp A. Employee DatabaseApp B. Donations Database App C. Self-Test: Solutions to Selected Problems and Database Exercises App D. Statistical TablesApp E. Statpad Quick Reference Guide

About the Author

Andrew F. Siegel holds the Grant I. Butterbaugh Professorship in Quantitative Methods and Finance at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, and is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics. His Ph.D. is in statistics from Stanford University (1977). Before settling in Seattle, he held teaching and/ or research positions at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the RAND Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, and Princeton University. He has taught statistics at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and earned seven teaching awards in 2015 and 2016. The interest-rate model he developed with Charles Nelson (the Nelson-Siegel Model) is in use at central banks around the world. His work has been translated into Chinese and Russian. His articles have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, the American Statistician, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, the American Mathematical Monthly, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Annals of Statistics, the Annals of Probability, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing, Statistics in Medicine, Biometrika, Biometrics, Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Mathematical Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Applied Probability.

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