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Type of Material:
This textbook is part of the OpenStat college, an initiative by Rice University, to allow students access to free or low cost college textbooks.
The text can be used in a class as an alternative to a high priced printed version. Portions of the text can also be used as a supplemental material.
This book is available in a low cost print edition, a .pdf version, a Web view, E-Pub (for mobile) or Bookshare version.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This text covers the major topics in an Introductory Statistics course.
Target Student Population:
High School, College, Adult
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students using this book may use it in conjunction with their required statistics course, in place of their statistics course if the professor agrees, or for self study.
Excellent quality of examples and explanations.
Some figures may be a little blurry in the online version, but the student should have no problem understanding it.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very user-friendly format. The text is navigable to specific chapters. The concepts are clearly laid out and all the standard statistical exercises are covered.
This really should be the book adopted by the teacher so that all students are seeing the same material. Although the content remains the same in most statistics classes it is worthwhile for the professor to consider this version so that the directions are consistent when pages are refereed to.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
All labels, buttons, menus, text and layout are consistent. If adopted for a class, the students will not get lost.
The text is peer reviewed.
The text works best if adopted for the class.
Other Issues and Comments:
Since the book is available in both digital and low-cost print additions the students who prefer a book in their hands will be able to follow with the class.
The text may be useful for graduate students who have had Statistics but need a review for their graduate course.
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