Many statistics books can teach you statistical techniques, but how do all tie together, and how do you know which technique to apply in a given situation? Using a successfully class-tested approach that gives coherence to a broad range of introductory topics, this innovative text helps you make sense of it all by providing you with a real-world, big picture view of statistics
Author Nancy Pfenning organizes content around four basic processes of statistics: producing data, displaying and summarizing data, understanding probability, and performing statistical inference. Within this framework, the book explains the five basic situations involving values of variables (quantitative, categorical, or a blend) that you will encounter. As a result, you will learn to identify which situation applies and how to choose the correct display, summary, or inference tool. As you gain proficiency in specific statistical techniques, the author also points out connections among topics and techniques to help you gain a perspective on statistics as a whole. More than 1,000 real-life examples and categorized exercises support the approach, engaging you in practicing and developing a variety of skills.