The Art of Data Analysis

How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics

by Kristin H. Jarman

A friendly and accessible approach to applying statistics in the real world

With an emphasis on critical thinking, The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics presents fun and unique examples, guides readers through the entire data collection and analysis process, and introduces basic statistical concepts along the way.

Leaving proofs and complicated mathematics behind, the author portrays the more engaging side of statistics and emphasizes its role as a problem-solving tool.  In addition, light-hearted case studies illustrate the application of statistics to real data analyses, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used techniques. Written for the growing academic and industrial population that uses statistics in everyday life, The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics highlights important issues that often arise when collecting and sifting through data. Featured concepts include:

• Descriptive statistics
• Analysis of variance
• Probability and sample distributions
• Confidence intervals
• Hypothesis tests
• Regression
• Statistical correlation
• Data collection
• Statistical analysis with graphs

Fun and inviting from beginning to end, The Art of Data Analysis is an ideal book for students as well as managers and researchers in industry, medicine, or government who face statistical questions and are in need of an intuitive understanding of basic statistical reasoning.

  • Wiley; April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781118413333
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: The Art of Data Analysis
  • Author: Kristin H. Jarman
  • Imprint: Wiley

About The Author

KRISTIN H. JARMAN, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where she applies basic and not-so-basic statistical analyses to her own set of research challenges.