Statistics at Square One (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Medical - 192 pages
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The new edition of this international bestseller continues to throw light on the world of statistics for health care professionals and medical students.

Revised throughout, the 11th edition features new material in the areas of

  • relative risk, absolute risk and   numbers needed to treat
  • diagnostic tests, sensitivity, specificity, ROC curves
  • free statistical software

The popular self-testing exercises at the end of every chapter are strengthened by the addition of new sections on reading and reporting statistics and formula appreciation.

  

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I liked this book for its coverage of many important and commonly used statistical tools and tests.
However, I found myself tearing my hair out over things that were not clearly explained. It seems
that one would need to be very statistically savvy, and it feels like a review of statistical tests rather than "Square One". You probably should be prepared to refer to other texts.
It assumes knowledge in several areas, and as a final year medical student and having done a year of genetics research, I think the book is unclear rather than the reader being uninformed.
Good review of important statistical tests that you want to know about, but the explanations are a bit of a let down. It's probably very reasonable for its size, but I'd probably choose another text to firmly grasp concepts.
 

Contents

Preface
9
Summary statistics for quantitative data
Summary statistics for binary data
Populations and samples
Statements of probability and confidence
Formula appreciation
The ttests
Further methods
Rank score tests
Correlation and regression
Survival analysis
Common questions
Use of computer software
Answers to exercises
Appendix
Copyright

Diagnostic tests

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Professor Michael Campbell, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

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