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Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Publication Date:

2008

Number of Pages:

512

Format:

Paperback

Edition:

2

Price:

18.95

ISBN:

9780199541454

Category:

Dictionary

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Sarah Boslaugh

02/17/2009

The *Oxford Dictionary of Statistics*, recent released in its second revised edition, is an admirably clear and concise guide to terminology used in statistics, probability and computing (over 2000 entries), plus entries on famous statisticians and major professional societies and journals. Entries include formulas and graphics as appropriate, and a symbol identifies those which have have web links on the book’s home page.

The entries in the *Oxford Dictionary* are admirably clear and jargon-free, and this volume will be particularly useful to students. I find the entries in general to assume less background knowledge than corresponding definitions in a similar book, *The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics*. The length of individual entries ranges from one sentence to about a page and a half, and many entries include cross-references to related concepts so it is possible to build up basic knowledge of a topic beginning from any number of different entry points. An excerpt from the text is available at the OUP web site.

Seventeen appendices are included in the *Oxford Dictionary*. These include guides to statistical and mathematical notation, a table of Greek letters and what they stand for in math and statistics, probability or critical value tables for the most common statistics, a pseudo-random number table, a timeline of important events in statistics, a table of the winners of major statistical prizes, and a brief bibliography.

Graham Upton is Professor of Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Essex and has given lecture courses at the Universities of Dokkyo (Tokyo, Grenoble, Michigan, and ITAM (Mexico). He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including *Understanding Statistics* (1996), *Introducing Statistics* (1998) and *Statistics S1 and S2* (2004, 2005). Ian Cook was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex until taking early retirement in 1985. He was also Chief Examiner in A Level Mathematics for 30 years and is co-author with Graham Upton of *Understanding Statistics*, *Introducing Statistics,* and *Statistics S1 and S2.*

Sarah Boslaugh (seb5632@bjc.org) is a Performance Review Analyst for BJC HealthCare and an Adjunct Instructor in the Washington University School of Medicine, both in St. Louis, MO. Her books include

Preface

Abbreviations in biographies

Dictionary

Appendices

Statistical Notation

Mathematical Notation

Greek Letters

Cumulative Probabilities for the Binomial Distribution

Cumulative Probabilities for the Poisson Distribution

Upper-Tail Percentage Points for the Standard Normal Distribution

The Standard Normal Distribution Function

Percentage Points for the t-Distribution

Percentage Points for the F-Distribution

Percentage Points for the Chi-Squared Distribution

Critical Values for Spearman's Rank Correlation Coefficient

Critical Values for Kendall

Critical Values for the Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient, r

Pseudo-Random Numbers

Selected Landmarks in the Development of Statistics

Honours and Awards

Further Reference

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