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Making Sense of Data through Statistics: An Introduction - Second Edition

[ISBN: 978-0-9857955-8-0]

Authored by Dorit Nevo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This introductory statistics textbook exposes students to statistical techniques in a user-friendly approach emphasizing the sense-making nature of statistics. The Second Edition adds new content on business analytics, enhances explanations of key concepts and techniques, and incorporates updated examples and exercises.

The target audience includes undergraduate or graduate students taking a first course in statistics. As the text’s examples and exercises emphasize problems and questions that reference today’s social and business contexts, these examples and exercises resonate extremely well with students.

The textbook is accompanied with data sets (provided as Excel worksheets) providing students with a hands-on experience in using Excel to reinforce the statistical concepts and techniques covered.

Topics are covered using very accessible language and a conversational style. Numerous examples and problems, constructed around issues taken from students’ everyday life experiences, are woven into the text to enhance and simplify the learning process. Key words, unit summaries, unit exercises and end-of-chapter exercises are included within each chapter; and, appendices are provided describing all the equations and Excel functions introduced in the text.

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Chapter Titles:

  • Introduction to Data and Statistics
  • Data Presentation
  • Measures of Centrality and Variation
  • Probability
  • Discrete Probability Distributions
  • Continuous Probability Distributions
  • Introducing Hypothesis Testing
  • Additional Concepts in Hypothesis Testing
  • Hypothesis Testing for a Population Proportion and Variance
  • Hypothesis Testing of Parameters from Two Populations
  • Chi-Square Tests
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Regression Analysis

Teaching Supplements: Lecture Slides, Sample Tests and Solutions Manual

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Educator Access to Text Content and Supplementary Materials

NOTE: The Excel worksheets that accompany this digital textbook are only available on our Educator Preview website. Students are not able to access this page. When we are notified that an instructor has officially adopted the book, we provide him or her with a Zip file of the chapter Excel worksheets, along with a custom Teacher’s Edition (.PDF only) that has fewer security controls than that version purchased by students. The instructor will need to download the Excel worksheet files and make them available to students through email or the school’s instructional platform (i.e., Blackboard.com). Additionally, if students purchase chapters individually, they will not automatically receive Appendix A or the three supplementary indexes (Excel Function Index, Equation Index and Key Term Index). As such, the instructor will also need to download these files from the Educator Preview website and make them available to students (if necessary).


Dorit Nevo

Dorit Nevo is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of the MS program in Business Analytics at the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Before joining RPI, she was an Associate Professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia and her M.Sc. in Economics from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Professor Nevo has been teaching Introductory Statistics since 2003 and is very passionate about the importance of making sense of data in businesses. In particular, she believes that the ability to tell a compelling story from a data set is a valuable capability for any professional. Besides Introductory Statistics, she also teaches courses on Applied Analytics and Predictive Modeling and on Management Information Systems. Professor Nevo’s research also touches on learning analytics and big data visualization.


 

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  Educator Access to Text Content and Supplementary Materials

NOTE: The Excel worksheets that accompany this digital textbook are only available on our Educator Preview website. Students are not able to access this page. When we are notified that an instructor has officially adopted the book, we provide him or her with a Zip file of the chapter Excel worksheets, along with a custom Teacher's Edition (.PDF only) that has fewer security controls than that version purchased by students. The instructor will need to download the Excel worksheet files and make them available to students through email or the school's instructional platform (i.e., Blackboard.com). Additionally, if students purchase chapters individually, they will not automatically receive Appendix A or the three supplementary indexes (Excel Function Index, Equation Index and Key Term Index). As such, the instructor will also need to download these files from the Educator Preview website and make them available to students (if necessary).

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  • ~ Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Using the provided book greatly enhanced my understanding. I'm glad the book was thorough and did not cost an excessive amount. The step by step instructions on how to carry out specific functions in EXCEL were excellent in the book."