There are two types of books when it comes to quantitative methods: theoretical text and concept processors. The theoretical text is anything that expects you to know how to read mathematical proofs. It’s like reading Shakespeare – you either understand it or you don’t. The literature in theoretical books is hard to ‘plow through’ for the average student. It takes some getting used to because you have to decode the sentences into the English language. The other type of book is a concept processor or applied text. Books that translate math into everyday language are very popular. People gravitate to concept processors because it saves time and energy. Applied text or processors tend to emphasize how to do something rather than the ‘why’ behind it. And any explanations tend to be boiled down to it’s simplest form. If you do not want to become a professional math linguist, then you might pick-up a concept processor to survive your statistics course.
Now I have written a book, Statistics for the Math Illiterate. I would classify my book as a concept processor. It explains what you need to know about statistics from a teacher’s perspective. And it covers typical calculations that are performed in a statistics course. If you are a teacher, this book could serve as suggested reading for your course. If you are a student, the book will help you with the calculations. Now the book can be bought through my shop on this site. Or you can preview it through Amazon Kindle. Barnes and Nobel carry it as a pre-order. I highly recommend it!
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