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Statistics Today

Everyday Applications, Research Questions, Insights, and Challenges

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  • Provides insights into fascinating applications of statistics in our daily life
  • Shows the variety of current research activities in statistical applications
  • Avoids technical jargon and mathematical formalism

Part of the book series: Society, Environment and Statistics (SESTAT)

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About this book

This book offers a broad selection of statistical applications to everyday situations, illustrating how exciting and diverse statistical analysis can be. It covers a wide variety of topics, including offering hearing-impaired people the option to enjoy music, extracting meaningful quantitative data from texts, and modeling flood disasters to help get a better grip on them. Most of the examples are not typically found in textbooks but directly relate to real-life problems encountered by the “average person”, including topics relevant for sustainable development.
Technical jargon and formalism have been avoided as much as possible, and a detailed statistical background is not assumed of the reader, making the book accessible to anyone interested in current research in statistical applications. Providing an unobscured look at a thoroughly fascinating science, it will help students to develop enthusiasm for statistical issues and methods, and may even inspire ideas for their own projects.


Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Human Life, Medicine, and Genetics

  2. Sports and Entertainment

  3. Money and Business

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Statistics, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany

    Claus Weihs, Walter Krämer

  • Faculty of Culture Studies, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany

    Sarah Buschfeld

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Claus Weihs worked as a statistical consultant at Ciba-Geigy in Switzerland for more than 9 years before joining the Statistics Department of Dortmund University as a professor of Computational Statistics. After holding the chair for 25 years, he is now Professor Emeritus. His areas of expertise are statistical classification, statistics in engineering, and the statistical analysis of music data and linguistic data.

Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer has held the chair for Business and Economic Statistics at the Statistics Department of Dortmund University for 30 years. He is the author of numerous popular texts on the use and abuse of statistics and is currently engaged in the initiative “Unstatistik des Monats” (Bad Statistic of the Month) to check media coverage of statistical results.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Buschfeld is a full professor of English Linguistics (Multilingualism) at Dortmund University, after previous appointments at the universities of Regensburg and Cologne. She has worked and published on a number of linguistic topics and disciplines, including postcolonial and non-postcolonial varieties of English and the field of language acquisition and multilingualism.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Statistics Today

  • Book Subtitle: Everyday Applications, Research Questions, Insights, and Challenges

  • Editors: Claus Weihs, Walter Krämer, Sarah Buschfeld

  • Series Title: Society, Environment and Statistics

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer-Verlag GmbH, DE, part of Springer Nature 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-662-68906-6Published: 27 June 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-68909-7Due: 31 July 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-68907-3Published: 26 June 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2948-2763

  • Series E-ISSN: 2948-2771

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 252

  • Number of Illustrations: 53 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Applied Statistics, Statistics, general, Mathematics, general

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