Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 4E
The primary goal of this book is to provide a means of leading the reader through the impor- tant issues of data collection, data presentation, data analysis and decision making. These are tremendously important topics for students and researchers today, and the book is designed to show the reader how to think about these issues properly and accurately. A key issue in this goal is illustrating to the reader why statistical analysis methods are relevant and useful for engineering and the sciences.
The topics are presented in the context of a wide range of engineering and scientific examples that provide a motivation for the development of the material. The examples show how the techniques can be used to gain an understanding of the data set under consideration. The examples are intended to be readily understood by the reader and to be interesting and thought provoking. This book can also be used as a handbook of statistical techniques and probability distributions for all scientists, engineers, and anybody involved in data analysis. A guide to matching statistical inference methodologies to data sets and research questions is presented. Many students have commented that it is a valuable resource that they have used long after finishing their statistics course.
The book concentrates on allowing the reader to obtain an understanding of the concepts behind the methodologies presented, rather than providing an unnecessary amount of theory. The reader is encouraged to look at a formula and to understand what it is doing and how it works. The reader is then able to use statistical software packages properly and knows which analysis techniques to employ and how to use and interpret the results.