The Bottom Line
This is a great book if you have to learn statistics for research applications.
- Believe it or not, this book is not as dry as you'd think. It's an interesting read!
- Lots of VERY relevant examples to explain the statistical applications being taught.
- Written with a bit of wit, to make it more interesting.
- It's stats. Need I say more?
- A very useful reference for how to set up, and analyze the data from, scientific studies.
- Geared towards scientists, rather than mathmeticians (i.e. not too much "jargon").
- Written with a bit of humor, the dialogue of this book flows so well, you would hardly guess you were reading about stats!
- Clearly defines statistical terminology and provides easy to follow examples of different methods of analysis.
- Relevant examples are carried throughout the book to demonstrate the influence of different tests.
Guide Review - Book
I read the second edition of this book cover to cover (yes, you read right) and was very impressed. The content is thorough and very useful without being dry. I learned a lot about how to design an experiment with statistical relevance, and how and when to apply different statistical tests to specific types of experiments. The author carries several recurring examples (i.e. the same drug trial results) through the course of the book to demonstrate how the different types of statistical tests are applied and how they each affect the outcome. Overall, I highly recommend it to scientists looking to improve the format of their experiments and better understand the significance of their results.