Problem Solving: A Statistician's Guide by Chris Chatfield
A popular text on Applied Statistics, now in its 2nd edition.
Can be used for as a text for a course of practical case studies in
statistics at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level.
2nd edition published by Chapman & Hall in 1995.
Now reprinted by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. Total sales exceed 8,000.
ISBN is 1-412-60630-5
This book sets out to clarify the general principles involved
in tackling real-life statistical problems.
It is aimed at students and practitioners who have studied some basic theory
but are unsure what to do when faced with real data, especially if
the data are 'messy' or the objectives are unclear.
The book is in two parts. The first part illuminates the
complex process of problem-solving. It covers topics such as
problem-formulation, report-writing and using the library as well
as looking at more
methodological questions such as how best to summarize data,
design an experiment, and choose an appropriate method of analysis.
The second part consists of a large number of case studies which are
problem-based and include real data. Some guidance on tackling
each problem is given, but separated from the original statement of the problem.
The book ends with an extended appendix giving a valuable summary
of required statistical topics and references.
Two of the data sets used in the book are available below.
The Backache in pregnancy data is also available in the StatLib Index
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