As the author claims in the preface of the book, everything is nowadays supported by numbers. Hence, if numbers are such an important source of information, the art of dealing and assessing with statistical data material is becoming more and more essential in our society.

The spirit of this book is a first course for practitioners. The word “first” means that the basic concepts of classical Statistics are all motivated from their fundamentals whereas “practitioner” (or non-statistician, as indicated in the own title) means that the presentation does not cover the mathematical theory behind those concepts but practical information and useful details thought, v.g., for planning and interpreting surveys.

The book is organized in nine chapters. They successively introduce the basics in descriptive Statistics (that is, presentation, collection and description of data) and the main notions in classical analytical Statistics (confidence interval, linear regression, hypothesis testing, samplings,...). The emphasis is put on practical situations where all these ideas can be applied. This emphasis is intensified by a frequent (excessive?) use of exclamation marks found in those sentences containing the essential information. Additionally, every chapter shows an implementation of its topics within the framework of the statistical freeware Calc. The final chapter contains a summary of Probability and Statistics, a glossary of terms and, like most books in this field, tables of useful distributions.

The presentation of the book, both visually and mathematically, is good and well organized and may provide a pleasant (and useful) reading for either statisticians and non-statisticians.

Reviewer:

Marco CASTRILLON LOPEZ

Affiliation:

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain