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Statistics for Business & Economics, Revised, 12th Edition

  • David R. Anderson University of Cincinnati
  • Dennis J. Sweeney University of Cincinnati
  • Thomas A. Williams Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jeffrey D. Camm Wake Forest University
  • James J. Cochran University of Alabama
  • ISBN-10: 128584632X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285846323
  • 1120 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2009
  • © 2015 | Published
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The authors bring more than twenty-five years of unmatched experience to this text, along with sound statistical methodology, a proven problem-scenario approach, and meaningful applications that clearly demonstrate how statistical information informs decisions in the business world. Thoroughly updated, the text's more than 350 real business examples, cases, and memorable exercises present the latest statistical data and business information with unwavering accuracy. And, to give you the most relevant text you can get for your course, you select the topics you want, including coverage of popular commercial statistical software programs like Minitab 16 and Excel 2013, along with StatTools and other leading Excel 2013 statistical add-ins. These optional chapter appendices, coordinating online data sets, and support materials like the CengageNOW online course management system, make STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS Revised 12ethe most customizable, efficient, and powerful approach to teaching business statistics available today. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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  • All screenshots and instructions in chapter appendices have been updated to Excel 2013, the most recent release of Excel from Microsoft.
  • Discrete Probability Distributions--Chapter 5. The introductory material in this chapter has been revised to better explain the role of probability distributions and to show how the material on assigning probabilities in Chapter 4 can be used to develop discrete probability distributions. We point out that the empirical discrete probability distribution is developed by using the relative frequency method to assign probabilities. At the request of many users, we have added a new Section 5.4 that covers bivariate discrete distributions and financial applications. We show how financial portfolios can be constructed and analyzed using these distributions.
  • Chapter 12--Comparing Multiple Proportions, Tests of Independence, and Goodness of Fit. This chapter has undergone a major revision. We have added a new section on testing the equality of three or more population proportions. This section includes a procedure for making multiple comparison tests between all pairs of population proportions. The section on the test of independence has been rewritten to clarify that the test concerns the independence of two categorical variables. Revised appendixes with step-by-step instructions for Minitab, Excel, and StatTools are included.
  • New Case Problems. We have added 8 new case problems to this edition; the total number of cases is 31. Three new descriptive statistics cases have been added to chapters 2 and 3. Five new case problems involving regression appear in Chapters 14, 15, and 16. These case problems provide students with the opportunity to analyze larger data sets and prepare managerial reports based on the results of their analysis.
  • New Statistics in Practice Applications. Each chapter begins with a Statistics in Practice vignette that describes an application of the statistical methodology to be covered in the chapter. New to this edition is a Statistics in Practice for Chapter 2 describing the use of data dashboards and data visualization at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. We have also added a Statistics i Practice to Chapter 4 describing how a NASA team used probability to assist in the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped by a cave-in.
  • New Examples and Exercises based on Real Data. We continue to make a significant effort to update our text examples and exercises with the most current real data and referenced sources of statistical information. In this edition, we have added approximately 180 new examples and exercises based on real data and referenced sources. Using data from sources also used by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barron's, and others, we have drawn from actual studies to develop explanations and to create exercises that demonstrate the many uses of statistics in business and economics. We believe that the use of real data helps generate more student interest in the material and enables the student to learn about both the statistical methodology and its application. The twelfth edition contains over 350 examples and exercises based on real data.
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  • TRUSTED TEAM OF EXPERT AUTHORS ENSURES THE MOST ACCURATE, PROVEN PRESENTATION. As prominent, respected leaders and active consultants in business and statistics today, authors David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, and Thomas A. Williams, now joined by Jeffrey D. Camm and James J. Cochran provide an accurate presentation of statistical concepts you can trust with every edition.
  • LEADING PROBLEM-SCENARIO APPROACH HELPS STUDENT UNDERSTAND AND APPLY CONCEPTS. A hallmark strength of this text, this unique approach helps students understand statistical techniques within an applications setting. The statistical results provide insights into business decisions and detail how statistics are used within business today to solve problems.
  • SYSTEMATIC APPROACH EMPHASIZES PROVEN METHODS AND APPLICATIONS. Students first develop a computational foundation and learn the use of techniques before moving to statistical application and interpretation of the value of techniques. Methods Exercises at the end of each section stress computation and use of formulas, while Application Exercises require students to use what they know about statistics to address real-world problems.
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  • USE OF CUMULATIVE STANDARD NORMAL DISTRIBUTION TABLE PREPARES STUDENTS TO WORK WITH STATISTICAL SOFTWARE. To more effectively prepare today's students to use computer software in statistics, this book incorporates a normal probability table that is consistent with today's statistical software. This cumulative normal probability table also makes it easier to compute p-values for hypothesis testing.
  • SIMPLIFIED INTRODUCTION TO P-VALUES CLARIFIES UNDERSTANDING FOR STUDENTS. As in the previous edition, this edition emphasizes the use of p-values as the preferred approach to hypothesis testing. To further clarify the introduction of this concept for students, the authors now separate a simplified conceptual definition of p-values from operational definitions that clarify how the p-value is computed for a lower-tail test, an upper-tail test, and a two-tail test.
  • STUDENTS LEARN TO USE SOFTWARE TO COMPUTE P-VALUES. For your flexibility, an optional appendix clearly demonstrates how to use MINITAB and Excel to compute p-values associated with z, t, and F test statistics. This coverage is particularly helpful when discussing hypothesis testing (Chs. 9-16).

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Data and Statistics.
2. Descriptive Statistics: Tabular and Graphical Displays.
3. Descriptive Statistics: Numerical Measures.
4. Introduction to Probability.
5. Discrete Probability Distributions.
6. Continuous Probability Distributions.
7. Sampling and Sampling Distributions.
8. Interval Estimation.
9. Hypothesis Tests.
10. Inference about Means and Proportions with Two Populations.
11. Inferences about Population Variances.
12. Comparing Multiple Proportions, Test of Independence and Goodness of Fit.
13. Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance.
14. Simple Linear Regression.
15. Multiple Regression.
16. Regression Analysis: Model Building.
17. Time Series Analysis and Forecasting.
18. Nonparametric Methods.
19. Statistical Methods for Quality Control.
20. Index Numbers.
21. Decision Analysis.
22. Sample Survey (online).
Appendix A: References and Bibliography.
Appendix B: Tables.
Appendix C: Summation Notation.
Appendix D: Self-Test Solutions and Answers to Even –Numbered Exercises.
Appendix E: Microsoft Excel 2013 and Tools for Statistical Analysis.
Appendix F: Computing p-Values Using Minitab and Excel.
Index.

What's New

  • Descriptive Statistics--Chapters 2 and 3. We have significantly revised these chapters to incorporate new material on data visualization, best practices, and much more. Chapter 2 has been reorganized to include new material on side-by-side and stacked bar charts, and a new section has been added on data visualization and best practices I creating effective displays. Chapter 3 now includes coverage of the geometric mean in the section on measures of location. The geometric mean has many applications in the computation of growth rates for financial assets, annual percentage rates, and so on. Chapter 3 also includes a new section on data dashboards and how summary statistics can be incorporated to enhance their effectiveness.

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Author Bio

David R. Anderson

Dr. David R. Anderson is a textbook author and Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Analysis in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management and as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration. He was also coordinator of the College’s first Executive Program. In addition to introductory statistics for business students, Dr. Anderson has taught graduate-level courses in regression analysis, multivariate analysis, and management science. He also has taught statistical courses at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Professor Anderson has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching and service to student organizations. He is the coauthor of ten textbooks related to decision sciences and actively consults with businesses in the areas of sampling and statistical methods. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Purdue University.

Dennis J. Sweeney

Dr. Dennis J. Sweeney is a textbook author, Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Analysis and founder of the Center for Productivity Improvement at the University of Cincinnati. He also served five years as head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis and four years as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration. In addition, he has worked in the management science group at Procter & Gamble and has been a visiting professor at Duke University. Professor Sweeney has published more than 30 articles in the area of management science and statistics. The National Science Foundation, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Federated Department Stores, Kroger, and Cincinnati Gas & Electric have funded his research, which has been published in MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING, DECISION SCIENCES, and other journals. Dr. Sweeney is the coauthor of ten textbooks in the areas of statistics, management science, linear programming, and production and operations management. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned a BS degree from Drake University, graduating summa cum laude. He received his MBA and DBA degrees from Indiana University, where he was an NDEA Fellow.

Thomas A. Williams

Dr. Thomas A. Williams is Professor of Management Science in the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology where he was the first chairman of the Decision Sciences Department. He teaches courses in management science and statistics, as well as graduate courses in regression and decision analysis. Before joining the College of Business at RIT, Professor Williams served for seven years as a faculty member in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati, where he developed the undergraduate program in Information Systems and then served as its coordinator. The co-author of 11 leading textbooks in the areas of management science, statistics, production and operations management, and mathematics, Professor Williams has been a consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has worked on projects ranging from the use of data analysis to the development of large-scale regression models. He earned his B.S. degree at Clarkson University and completed his graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Jeffrey D. Camm

Jeffrey D. Camm is the Inmar Presidential Chair and Associate Dean of Analytics in the School of Business at Wake Forest University. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a B.S. from Xavier University (Ohio) and a Ph.D. from Clemson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest, he was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a visiting professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Dr. Camm has published over 30 papers in the general area of optimization applied to problems in operations management and marketing. He has published his research in Science, Management Science, Operations Research, Interfaces, and other professional journals. Dr. Camm was named the Dornoff Fellow of Teaching Excellence at the University of Cincinnati and he was the 2006 recipient of the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of Operations Research Practice. A firm believer in practicing what he preaches, he has served as an operations research consultant to numerous companies and government agencies. From 2005 to 2010 he served as editor-in-chief of interfaces.

James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran is Professor of Applied Statistics and the Rogers-Spivey Faculty Fellow in the Department of Information Systems, Statistics and Management Science at the University of Alabama. He previously served as Professor of Quantitative Analysis and the Bank of Ruston, Barnes, Thompson, & Thurman Endowed Research Professor at Louisiana Tech University and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Universidad de Talca, and the University of South Africa. Professor Cochran has published more than two dozen papers in the development and application of operations research and statistical methods, and his research has appeared in MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, THE AMERICAN STATISTICIAN, COMMUNICATIONS IN STATISTICS--THEORY AND METHODS, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH, JOURNAL OF COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION, and other professional journals. He received the 2008 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of Operations Research Practice and the 2010 Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award. Dr. Cochran was elected to the International Statistics Institute in 2005 and named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2011. A strong advocate for effective operations research and statistics education as a means of improving the quality of applications to real problems, he has organized and chaired teaching effectiveness workshops in Uruguay, South Africa, Colombia, India, Argentina, Kenya, Cameroon, and Croatia. He has served as a statistics and operations research consultant to numerous companies and not-for-profit organizations. He was editor-in-chief of INFORMS TRANSACTIONS ON EDUCATION from 2007 to 2012 and serves on the editorial board of INTERFACES, the JOURNAL OF QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN SPORTS, and ORION. He holds a B.S., M.S., and MBA from Wright State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.