Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown

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This collection of intriguing essays describes important applications of statistics and probability in many fields. Instead of teaching methods, the essays illustrate past accomplishments and current uses of statistics and probability. Surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and observational studies are also presented to help the student better understand the importance of the influence of statistics on each topic covered within the separate essays. The overarching goal of STATISTICS: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN is to demonstrate the wide use and importance of statistics through an integrated set of case studies that are readable, interesting, and meaningful to the general public.

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Roxy Peck is Emerita Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and Professor of Statistics Emerita at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. A faculty member at Cal Poly from 1979 until 2009, Roxy served for six years as Chair of the Statistics Department before becoming Associate Dean, a position she held for 13 years. She received an M.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied statistics from the University of California, Riverside. Roxy is nationally known in the area of statistics education, and she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Statistics Education at the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics in 2009. In 2003, she received the American Statistical Association's Founder's Award, recognizing her contributions to K-12 and undergraduate statistics education. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistics Institute. Roxy served for five years as the Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam and has chaired the American Statistical Association's Joint Committee with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12 and the Section on Statistics Education. In addition to her texts in introductory statistics, Roxy is also co-editor of "Statistical Case Studies: A Collaboration Between Academe and Industry" and a member of the editorial board for "Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown, 4th Edition." Outside the classroom, Roxy likes to travel and spends her spare time reading mystery novels. She also collects Navajo rugs and heads to Arizona and New Mexico whenever she can find the time.


1. PUBLIC POLICY. Statistics in the Courtroom: United States vs. Kristen Gilbert. The Anatomy of a Pre-Election Poll. Counting and Apportionment: Foundations of America's Democracy. Evaluating School Choice Programs. Designing National Health Care Surveys. 2. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Monitoring Tiger Prey Abundance. Predicting the Africanized Bee Invasion of the United States. Statistics and the War on Spam. Should You Measure Your Home's Radon Concentration? Statistical Weather Forecasting. Space Debris: Yet Another Environmental Problem. 3. BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE. Modeling an Outbreak of Anthrax. The Last Front?Understanding the Human Mind. Leveraging Chance in HIV Research. Statistical Genetics: Associating Genotypic Differences with Measurable Outcomes. DNA Fingerprinting. How Many Genes? 4. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. To Catch a Thief?Detecting Cell Phone Fraud. Reducing Junk Mail Using Data Mining Techniques. Improving the Accuracy of a Newspaper ?A Six Sigma Case Study. Assuring Product Reliability and Safety. Randomness in the Stock Market. Advertising as an Engineering Science. 5. HOBBIES AND RECREATION. Baseball Decision Making by the Numbers. Predicting the Quality and Price of Bordeaux Wines.

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