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The Joy of Statistics: A Treasury of Elementary Statistical Tools and their Applications

Steve Selvin


The Joy of Statistics consists of a series of 42 “short stories,” each illustrating how elementary statistical methods are applied to data to produce insight and solutions to the questions data are collected to answer. The text contains brief histories of the evolution of statistical methods and a number of brief biographies of the most famous statisticians of the 20th century. Also throughout are a few statistical jokes, puzzles, and traditional stories. The level of the Joy of Statistics is elementary and explores a variety of statistical applications using graphs and plots, along with detai ... More

Keywords: short stories, statistical methods, biographies, graphs, plots, gambling, games, mortality rates, cultural differences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Selvin, author
Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley

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