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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post Best way to re-learn statistics?Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:41:15 -0800Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:41:15 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: Best way to re-learn statistics?
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Best way to re-learn statistics? Enough that I wouldn't be lost in an advanced, fairly data-intensive psychology class. I took the course at Ga. Tech some years ago, but my old textbook is sooo boring and awful. <br /><br /> I'd love a shiny skinny book with actual math that was relatively easy to follow. I'm hoping to review over Christmas break. Book is better than web site.<br>
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Naturally I've forgotten most of calculus already, too, but will re-learn if needed. Can anyone offer any guidance?<br>
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I seem to remember that the stats class I took was mostly memorizing what different terms / distributions meant. I want to know more than "a coefficient of correlation ranges from -1 to +1".<br>
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No, I haven't searched Amazon yet, but I'm hoping there's a better selection process for me than reading endless reviews there. Thank you!post:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:26:51 -0800amthostatisticslearningbookrecommendationresolvedBy: mikeand1
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Get the Freedman, Pisani and Purves textbook. I TA'd for two of these professors, using the book to teach the classes. Best text hands down.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518238Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:41:15 -0800mikeand1By: ian1977
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For me Excel was a good way to play with the statistical methods/formulae/etc. Just take your text book, load up excel, and play around.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518243Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:48:50 -0800ian1977By: PueExMachina
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Find the specific methods you need to use and buy the books from Sage's "Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences" about them.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518247Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:56:28 -0800PueExMachinaBy: Defenestrator
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I have Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sceinces by Gravetter and Wallnau, and while not being the most thrilling read, it is extremely accessible and does a fantastic job of making the concepts clear through skillful wording, reptition (but not to the point of exasperation), and excellent examples.<br>
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I think it's one of those things in which you'll just have to find the textbook you like the most, read the material, and do some practice problems. Perhaps you could find some instructional videos online as well to supplement.<br>
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Or you could always just get a really nice calculator.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518269Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:22:07 -0800DefenestratorBy: disaster77
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I just took a statistics class this summer. I have <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0135131995/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">the book</a> still, in new condition. If you wanna take if off my hands, send me a msg.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518274Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:34:12 -0800disaster77By: amtho
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These are good (except the calculator suggestion, sorry Defenestrator - but the text could be interesting).<br>
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More please, though! I'll check out all of these. mikeand1, is the text you recommended still in print? I couldn't even find any for sale, new or used, on Amazon. The later printing at the UNC library is missing too -- which is a kind of recommendation, I guess.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518299Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:22:55 -0800amthoBy: Maxwell_Smart
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I am sure I would second <a href="http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=freedman+pisani+purves&sts=t&x=0&y=0">Freedman, Pisani, and Purves (for sale here, starting at $5 including shipping)</a> if I had read it. I have a singly-authored stats textbook by Freedman that is absolutely outstanding.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518312Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:35:20 -0800Maxwell_SmartBy: matty
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It's an old book, but it's the cornerstone of any course in statistics..<br>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393310728/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/"><br>
How to Lie With Statistics</a>comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518314Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:39:43 -0800mattyBy: bigmusic
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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0534611370/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Basic Statistics - Tales of Distributions</a> is an excellent textbook. It's written in conversational English and should catch you up in no time. I second the suggestion to fire up excel and go along with the textbook - you aren't likely to be doing paper and pencil stats in a graduate class. You really don't need the most current version of the textbook - the basic material is the same mostly the problems are changed up for the publishers to make new textbooks.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518319Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:47:11 -0800bigmusicBy: davidmsc
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It may sound lame, but the Dummies/Idiots books are really pretty good for stuff like this.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518335Thu, 23 Oct 2008 22:22:32 -0800davidmscBy: singingfish
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don't fire up excel, use a real stats package instead (for all sorts of reasons). <a href="http://www.jmp.com">JMP</a> is good and has a trial version, or for free forever you can get <a href="http://www.r-project.org">R</a>. More on R <a href="http://www.personality-project.org/r/">here</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518364Fri, 24 Oct 2008 00:50:19 -0800singingfishBy: gregoreo
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<a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/statistics/topic.html?stats">Advanced Placement Statistics Exam</a> "prep books" are thorough, succinct and readable. I recommend Hinders' <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071488561/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">5 Steps to a 5</a>. They cover descriptive statistics, probability, design of studies, and inferential statistics up to Anova. As prep books, they emphasize distinctions such as why you residual plots besides <em>r</em> to judge a regression. There are ten times as many practice questions as you need--but unlike textbooks, all questions are solved, often in detail. These are aimed at busy students, and old editions cost $5.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518384Fri, 24 Oct 2008 02:59:58 -0800gregoreoBy: eaglehound
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I am thirding Freedman, Pisani, and Purves. I have kept my copy of this book from the 1980's because it is still better than others. The newer edition should be even better. I also agree that the SAGE series of quantitative apps for social science is a good choice.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518453Fri, 24 Oct 2008 07:10:27 -0800eaglehoundBy: caution live frogs
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I would recommend <em>Intuitive Biostatistics</em>. It takes a great deal of time explaining why and when you should use stats, and how to interpret the results, using lots of examples and clear discussions. It's a great reference, and the author (Motulsky) is also the guy who owns GraphPad Software, makers of Prism, which I can't say enough good things about as a basic stats + graphing package. Graphpad offers fun free full-function trial versions. And it's cross-platform to boot.<br>
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<small>Plus it's nice when you file a bug report and realize the guy writing back to you is the company owner. That's service for you.</small>comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518454Fri, 24 Oct 2008 07:11:24 -0800caution live frogsBy: mikeand1
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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393970833/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Here's the Freedman Pisani Purves book on Amazon.</a> Still in print, but you probably want to by a used copy.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1518564Fri, 24 Oct 2008 08:49:20 -0800mikeand1By: dog food sugar
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Older AskMe about <a href="http://ask.metafilter.com/82048/Podcasts-about-statistics">Statistics podcasts</a>, and a few other resources.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1519094Fri, 24 Oct 2008 19:26:00 -0800dog food sugarBy: fings
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If you want a light hearted not too deep treatment, check out the Cartoon Guide to Statistics<br>
by Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2008:site.105045-1520298Sun, 26 Oct 2008 16:52:42 -0800fings