Published in partnership with the American Statistical Association, this collection of intriguing essays describes important applications of statistics and probability in a wide variety of fields. Instead of teaching methods, the essays illustrate past accomplishments and current uses of statistics and probability. Examples of surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and observational studies are included to help the student better understand the importance of and the influence of statistics.
Table of Contents
1. PUBLIC POLICY.
Statistics in the Courtroom: United States vs. Kristen Gilbert. The Anatomy of a Pre-Election Poll. Counting and Apportionment: Foundations of America's Democracy. Evaluating School Choice Programs. Designing National Health Care Surveys.
2. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
Monitoring Tiger Prey Abundance. Predicting the Africanized Bee Invasion of the United States. Statistics and the War on Spam. Should You Measure Your Home's Radon Concentration? Statistical Weather Forecasting. Space Debris: Yet Another Environmental Problem.
3. BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE.
Modeling an Outbreak of Anthrax. The Last Front�Understanding the Human Mind. Leveraging Chance in HIV Research. Statistical Genetics: Associating Genotypic Differences with Measurable Outcomes. DNA Fingerprinting. How Many Genes?
4. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY.
To Catch a Thief�Detecting Cell Phone Fraud. Reducing Junk Mail Using Data Mining Techniques. Improving the Accuracy of a Newspaper �A Six Sigma Case Study. Assuring Product Reliability and Safety. Randomness in the Stock Market. Advertising as an Engineering Science.
5. HOBBIES AND RECREATION.
Baseball Decision Making by the Numbers. Predicting the Quality and Price of Bordeaux Wines.