Statistics: a First Course

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9780071177535: Statistics: a First Course

An introduction to statistics for beginners. This text uses over 2100 examples drawn from health care, business and economics, the social and physical sciences, engineering and education to demonstrate the usefulness of statistical analysis techniques in tackling problems. Minicases are included, providing real-world examples of statistical applications - these can be used to stimulate class discussions. This edition includes a chapter on quality control, which introduces several types of quality control procedures and charts that are important for industry. Examples of how computer statistical software packages may be used to eliminate computational drudgery and support analysis and decision-making efforts are integrated throughout the text. A computer exercise section at the end of each chapter gives students further practice in using statistical software.

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Robert K. Smidt earned a B.S. in mathematics from Manhattan College, an M.S. in statistics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Smidt has taught at the University of Florida, University of Wyoming, Rutgers University, Oregon State University, Cuesta College, Fashion Institute of Technology, for LaVerne College at Vandenberg AFB, for Chapman College at the California Mens Colony, and for the Continuing Education Institute. He is currently professor and former chair of the Statistics Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California. Dr. Smidt has broad statistical consulting experience. He has worked for or with the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Tenera, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Bechtel Power Corporation, Cogimet, Lindamood-Bell Leaning Processes, Fred Streit Associates, Division of Business and Economic Research of the University of Wyoming, County of San Luis Obispo, and the California State Water Resources Control Board. He helped establish the university-wide statistical consulting service at Cal Poly and has extensive consulting experience within the university. Dr. Smidt has contributed to journals such as Biometrics, Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology, Medical Anthropology, Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, and American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and to collections such as Statistical Case Studies, A Collaboration Between Academe and Industry and Familias y relaciones de genero en transformacion.

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