Overview and Descriptive Statistics

  • Jay L. Devore
  • Kenneth N. Berk
Part of the Springer Texts in Statistics book series (STS)


Statistical concepts and methods are not only useful but indeed often indispensable in understanding the world around us. They provide ways of gaining new insights into the behavior of many phenomena that you will encounter in your chosen field of specialization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Statistics DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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