Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown

Judith M. Tanur

Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown by J.M. Tanur takes readers on a captivating journey through the diverse and practical applications of statistics and probability.

This book was born out of a project initiated by the American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics ASA-NCTM Committee. Recognizing the need to incorporate more statistics and probability into the school curriculum, the committee aimed to showcase the broad reach of these tools and their importance in various fields.

Designed for a wide audience, including parents, educators, and young people, Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown goes beyond technical methods and instead explores real-life examples of how statistics and probability have been instrumental in solving important problems. Rather than attempting an exhaustive coverage, the book focuses on a range of fascinating applications, with each essay emphasizing one or a few significant issues within its field.

Through this collection of essays, readers discover the power of statistics in areas as diverse as sun studies, test grading, taxation, and population estimation. Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown also delves into the complexities of experimental design and the art of drawing meaningful conclusions from imperfect data.

What sets Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown apart is its ability to showcase the unity within diversity. While exploring unrelated fields, readers will find surprising overlaps in the statistical techniques used. On the flip side, the essays are grouped according to subject matter, highlighting the different statistical approaches employed in areas like customer satisfaction and disease research.

Overall, Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of statistics and its practical applications. It not only broadens perspectives but also makes statistical concepts accessible to a wider audience. From the sheer range of examples to the thoughtfully chosen essays, Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown is a must-read for anyone interested in unlocking the potential of statistics in their everyday lives.