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Mind on Statistics 5th Edition

Jessica M. Utts, Robert F. Heckard

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  • Previous Editions 2012
  • 768 Pages
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MIND ON STATISTICS, Fifth Edition, emphasizes the conceptual development of statistical ideas and the importance of looking for-and finding-meaning in data. Authors Jessica Utts and Robert Heckard actively engage students' natural curiosity, motivating them with intriguing questions and explaining statistical topics in the context of a wide range of interesting, useful examples and case studies. Throughout the text, the authors balance the promotion of statistical literacy with coverage of the statistical methodology taught in general introductory statistics courses. Their approach is based on the premises that new material is much easier to learn and remember if it is related to something interesting or previously known, and if students actively ask questions and find the answers for themselves. More than any other text available, MIND ON STATISTICS motivates and encourages students to develop their statistical intuition by focusing on analyzing data and interpreting results, rather than on mathematical formulation.

Jessica M. Utts, University of California, Irvine

Jessica Utts is Professor of Statistics at the University of California at Irvine. She received her B.A. in math and psychology at SUNY Binghamton, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in statistics at Penn State University. Aside from MIND ON STATISTICS, she is the author of SEEING THROUGH STATISTICS and the co-author with Robert Heckard of STATISTICAL IDEAS AND METHODS both published by Cengage Learning. Jessica has been active in the Statistics Education community at the high school and college level. She served as a member and then chaired the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee for six years, and was a member of the American Statistical Association task force that produced the GAISE (Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education) recommendations for Elementary Statistics courses. She is the recipient of the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence, both at the University of California at Davis. She is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Beyond statistics education, Jessica’s major contributions have been in applying statistics to a variety of disciplines, most notably to parapsychology, the laboratory study of psychic phenomena. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including LARRY KING LIVE, ABCNIGHTLINE, CNN MORNING NEWS, and 20/20, and most recently appears in a documentary included on the DVD with the movie SUSPECT ZERO.

Robert F. Heckard, Pennsylvania State University

Robert F. Heckard is a senior lecturer in statistics at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He has taught introductory and intermediate applied statistics to more than 15,000 college students. Bob has been awarded several grants to develop multimedia and web-based instructional materials for teaching statistical concepts. Aside from MIND ON STATISTICS, he is the co-author of STATISTICAL IDEAS AND METHODS (first edition, 2006, Cengage Learning). As a consultant, he is active in the statistical analysis and design of highway safety research and has frequently been a consultant in cancer treatment clinical trials.
  • Increased integration of digital assets.
  • The book includes a significant number of Skillbuilder applets, which provide opportunities for in-class or independent hands-on exploration of key statistical concepts. The applets can be found on the book’s companion website.
  • Videos walk students through examples step by step, reinforcing key statistical concepts.
  • New examples and exercises were written for the new edition. All data in examples, case studies, and exercises also have been updated to the latest information available.
  • The number of “In Summary” boxes has been increased, and the boxes are placed more consistently throughout the chapters. A listing of the “In Summary” boxes now appears at the end of the chapter.
  • The language has been tightened and simplified whenever possible.
  • The book includes a larger art program to help with visualization.
  • Significant updates and modifications have been made to Chapter 7 on probability.
  • Topics in this edition include multiple comparisons in Chapters 1 and 13, power curves in Chapters 12 and 13, and McNemar's test in Chapter 15.
  • The exercise sets are organized in odd-even pairs, featuring odd-numbered problems-which are answered in the back of the book-followed by similar even-numbered problems.
  • The data in the problem sets, examples, and case studies have been updated with the latest possible information. In addition, the book includes all-new examples and case studies as well as new and updated data sets.
  • A greater number of “In Summary” boxes are placed consistently throughout each chapter, reinforcing key ideas as students read. A listing of the “In Summary” boxes appears at the end of the chapter, making these features even more helpful as study aids.
  • Aplia™ is available with the new edition. This online interactive learning solution-which improves student comprehension and outcomes with detailed, immediate explanations-also saves you time by automatically grading assignments.
  • Chapters 9-13, containing the core material on sampling distributions and statistical inference, are organized in a modular, flexible format. There are six modules for each of the topics of sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The first module provides an introduction and each of the remaining five modules deals with a specific parameter (one mean, one proportion, etc.). This modular format emphasizes the similarity among the inference procedures for the five parameters discussed, and it allows instructors to cover this material in any order they choose.
  • Technology Tips appear throughout the text for MINITAB®, SPSS®, Excel®, JMP™, and TI-83/84 calculators. Technical manuals for these technologies, as well as for JMP™ and R, are available on the book's companion website.
  • Original journal articles for selected case studies and examples (identified in the text by an icon) can be found on the book's companion website. Reading these original articles enables students to learn more about how the research was conducted, what methods were used, and the conclusions drawn.
  • Compelling examples and “real-life” case studies help to motivate and engage students in statistical topics, reinforcing the text's premise that material is easier to learn if it can be related to something interesting or previously learned.
  • The book helps students expand their “frame of reference” with unique and motivating opening and closing chapters that draw them into the subject matter. These chapters clearly illustrate how statistical methods have contributed to our understanding of health, psychology, commerce, ecology, politics, music, lifestyle choices, and dozens of other topics.
  • Thought Questions, along with hints on how to solve them, provide students with opportunities to explore a topic further-and discover and verify important ideas for themselves. Complete answers are available on the instructor PowerLecture™ CD-ROM.
  • Complementing the technology-specific Technical Tips, more general Technical Notes provide additional discussion on statistical techniques presented in the text; for instance, Summarizing Ordinal Variables and Population Mean and Standard Deviation.
  • Applet activities, found throughout the text, help students explore key statistical topics. These applets, which are on the book's companion website, give students opportunities for hands-on learning and allow them to explore statistics on their own.
  • To create a more natural flow of topic coverage, Chapters 5 and 6 precede Chapters 3 and 4 so that the material on describing data comes before the two chapters on collecting data.
1. Statistics Success Stories and Cautionary Tales.
2. Turning Data into Information.
3. Relationships between Quantitative Variables.
4. Relationships between Categorical Variables.
5. Sampling: Surveys and How to Ask Questions.
6. Gathering Useful Data for Examining Relationships.
7. Probability.
8. Random Variables.
9. Understanding Sampling Distributions: Statistics as Random Variables.
10. Estimating Proportions with Confidence.
11. Estimating Means with Confidence.
12. Testing Hypotheses about Proportions.
13. Testing Hypotheses about Means.
14. Inference about Simple Regression.
15. More about Inference for Categorical Variables.
16. Analysis of Variance.
17. Turning Information into Wisdom.
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“I think it is one of the best writing styles around for intro stats texts. [The book has] excellent examples in all chapters.”

“This book [is] one of the best for teaching a first undergraduate statistics course. It reflects current best practices in statistics education.” - Patricia Erickson, Taylor University

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Solution Builder

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Student Solutions Manual

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Contains fully worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises in the text, giving students a way to check their answers and ensure that they took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.

Online Activities Workbook

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Online activity workbook


Student Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781285770208
Go beyond the answers—see what it takes to get there and improve your grade! This manual provides worked-out, step-by-step solutions to the odd-numbered problems in the text, giving you the information you need to truly understand how these problems are solved.

Online Activities Workbook

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