Refresher Book on Statistics

  • sean redmond


    Points: 5740

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a book to refresh my knowledge of statistics. I did a course in university while studying science 20 years' ago and I have forgotten most of it. I'm now at the stage of standard deviations, modes, means and medians.

    The current impetus to relearn stats was triggered by perfomance counter data. I want to build up a baseline in order to determine what 'normal' is, but the more I think I think about it, the more questions I have — mostly about population. How often should I measure? How far back should my data go? Is the mean plus/minus 2 standard deviations enough? What fallacies am I not accounting for?

    Can anyone recommend a good, readable introduction to statistics? I'm not scared by maths.

    Koen Verbeeck's blog post [1] on Nathan Yau's book review of Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan does look good.

    Kind regards,

    Sean Redmond.


  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

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    Haven't gone through this, but thought it was interesting:

  • jshahan

    SSCarpal Tunnel

    Points: 4622

    I used SPSS for a couple years and got somewhat grounded in stats. Near my elbow I have a copy of "Statistics For Dummies" that I keep (in addition to a 30 page word doc) for a refresher. It's been a while since I looked but a couple of universities have quality on-line statistics primers.

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