Preface ix Part 1 The Basics 1. Statistics: The Life of the Party 3 2. Lions, and Tigers, and . . . Bigfoot? Oh, My: How Questionable Data Can Screw Up an Otherwise Perfectly Good Statistical Analysis 7 3. Asteroid Belts and Spandex Cars: Using Descriptive Statistics to Answer Your Most Weighty Questions 23 4. Baseball, Game Shows, and Sidekicks: Who Cares about Probability Anyway? 43 5. What It's Like to Be Normal: Probability Distributions and One Rule That Could Make You Wildly Popular 63 Part 2 What a Few Estimates and a Little Probability Can Do for You 6. Men are Insensitive and Women are Illogical. Really: Asserting Your Stereotypes with Confidence 89 7. Godzilla versus King Kong: How Hypothesis Tests Can Be Used to Settle the Battle of the Movie Monsters 109 8. Lab Rats and Roommates: Analysis of Variance and How to Channel Your Inner Mad Scientist 129 9. When the Zombie Flu Went Viral: Regressing the Myth Out of Urban Myths 143 Appendix A: Critical Values for the Standard Normal Distribution 161 Appendix B: Critical Values for the T-Distribution 163 Appendix C: Critical Values for the Chi-Squared Distribution 165 Glossary 167 References 173 Index 175
KRISTIN H. JARMAN, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist atthe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington,where she applies basic and not-so-basic statistical analyses toher own set of research challenges.
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