Statistics without Tears : An Introduction for Non-Mathematicians Paperback
This book is written for anyone who needs or wants to know how statistics work.
It assumes no expert knowledge, and teaches through words and diagrams rather than through figures, formulae and equations - providing the perfect approach for the non-mathematical reader.
Written as a "tutorial in print", Derek Rowntree includes questions in his argument; readers can answer them as they go, enabling them to measure their performance and judge how far they have mastered the subject.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/02/1991
- Category: Probability & statistics
- ISBN: 9780140136326
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Review by shanta
This book relies of the power of words plus pictures, not on formulae, equations and calculations to explain key concepts of statistics. Rowntree's audience is the consumer of statistcs (interpreting other people's research results), rather than the producer of statistics. I read it as a refresher, to help me remember a conceptual picture of statistics as a whole before designing a survey. He does this task well, using non-mathematical questions that require you to recognize the concepts under discussion, before proceeding to the next concept. The book is ridiculously over-priced (find a used book; there are plenty around since its first publication in 1981), but it does the job.