Mind on Statistics,
5th Edition

Jessica M. Utts, Robert F. Heckard

ISBN-13: 9781285463186 | ISBN-10: 1285463188

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 768 pages

List Price USD $199.95


MIND ON STATISTICS, Fifth Edition, helps you develop a conceptual understanding of statistical ideas and shows you how to find meaning in data. The authors-who are committed to changing any preconception you may have about statistics being boring-engage your curiosity with intriguing questions, and explain statistical topics in the context of interesting, useful examples and case studies. You'll develop your statistical intuition by focusing on analyzing data and interpreting results, rather than on mathematical formulation. As a result, you'll build both your statistical literacy and your understanding of statistical methodology.

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Meet the Authors

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Jessica Utts is professor emerita 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, Dr. Utts has authored SEEING THROUGH STATISTICS and co-authored STATISTICAL IDEAS AND METHODS, both published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Utts has been active in the statistics education community at the high school and college levels. She served as chair of the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee and as Chief Reader for the A.P. Statistics Exam. In 2016 she was the president of the American Statistical Association, the largest professional organization in the world for statisticians. She is a 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, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science. Beyond statistics education, Dr. Utts’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, ABC's Nightline, CNN Morning News and 20/20.

Robert F. Heckard is a retired senior lecturer in statistics at the Pennsylvania State University. In his 36-year career at Penn State, he taught introductory statistics courses for undergraduate students as well as applied statistics courses for students at the senior and graduate level. His advanced teaching included courses in regression analysis, analysis of variance, experimental design, nonparametric statistics, time series analysis, multivariate analysis, analysis of clinical trials and statistical computing. At Penn State, Dr. Heckard received the Eberly College of Science Innovative Teaching award and the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Collaborative Course Design award. He was also awarded several university 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, published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Heckard has been an active consultant in the statistical analysis and design of cancer treatment clinical trials and highway safety research.

  • Videos walk students through examples step by step, reinforcing key statistical concepts.
  • Increased integration of digital assets.
  • 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.
  • NEW for Fall 2020 - Turn your students into statistical thinkers with the Statistical Analysis and Learning Tool (SALT). SALT is an easy-to-use data analysis tool created with the intro-level student in mind. It contains dynamic graphics and allows students to manipulate data sets in order to visualize statistics and gain a deeper conceptual understanding about the meaning behind data. SALT is built by Cengage, comes integrated in Cengage WebAssign Statistics courses and available to use standalone.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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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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