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Introductory Statistics

In this 3rd edition revised text, master expositor Sheldon Ross has produced a unique work in introductory statistics. The text's main merits are the clarity of presentation, contemporary examples and applications from diverse areas, and an explanation of intuition and ideas behind the statistical methods. Concepts are motivated, illustrated and explained in a way that attempts to increase one's intuition. To quote from the preface, "It is only when a student develops a feel or intuition for statistics that she or he is really on the path toward making sense of data."

Ross achieves this goal through a coherent mix of mathematical analysis, intuitive discussions and examples.

Applications and examples refer to real-world issues, such as gun control, stock price models, health issues, driving age limits, school admission ages, use of helmets, sports, scientific fraud and many others.

Ancillary list:

  • Instructor's Manual -
  • Student Solutions Manual -
  • Student Solutions Manual for 2nd Edition -
  • Sample Chapter, eBook -
  • Companion Website w/Data Sets -

This text is written for the introductory non-calculus based statistics course offered in mathematics and/or statistics departments for undergraduate students of any major who take a semester course in basic Statistics or a year course in Probability and Statistics.

Hardbound, 848 Pages

Published: February 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374388-6


  • Preface

    Introduction to Statistics

    Describing Data Sets Using Statistics to Summarize

    Data Sets Probability

    Discrete Random Variables

    Normal Random Variables

    Distributions of Sampling

    Statistics Estimation Testing

    Statistical Hypotheses

    Hypothesis Tests Concerning Two Populations

    Analysis of Variance Linear Regression

    Chi-Squared Goodness of Fit Tests

    Nonparametric Hypotheses


    Quality Control



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