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Teaching statistics using baseball
Albert, Jim, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Mathematical Association of America, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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QA276.18 .A524 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Albert (mathematics and statistics, Bowling Green State U.) developed this textbook to teach statistics in a way that will be familiar and interesting to students, particularly those satisfying their mathematics requirement and especially students with sports-related majors or interests. The text is

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Unlike some efforts to teach mathematics using an athletics theme, Albert's book is a success. The work is a high-quality elementary statistical concepts resource. Ideas are accurately presented, and explanations are outstanding, with Albert(Bowling Green State Univ.) carefully crafting prose to suit beginners. It far surpasses many books at this level in illustrating the purpose of statistics. Albert uses baseball as the sole context for the work, believing that the sport will be familiar to students and will serve as a comfortable platform on which to build statistics. In the end, this may leave students less well rounded and may tend to disenfranchise some completely, although Albert uses care to include explanations of baseball. Topics presented include beginning descriptive statistics for univariate and bivariate data, probability, elementary statistical inference, and Markov chains. Chapters include numerous exercises and suggestions for further reading. Albert concludes by giving sources of raw data used in the book. Solutions to exercises are unfortunately lacking. A resource for sports-related majors and for other elementary statistics classes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. W. R. Lee Iowa State University