Book Reviews 25.3

Principles of Applied Statistics

David R. Cox and Christl Donnelly

Principles of Applied Statistics

This book by David Cox and Christl Donnelly is an extensive, if condensed, coverage of most (all?) necessary steps and precautions one must go through when contemplating applied (i.e., actual!) statistics. As the authors write in their first sentence, “Applied statistics is more than data analysis.” Thus, the title could have been Principled Data Analysis!

Indeed, Principles of Applied Statistics reminds me of how much we (at least I) take ‘the model’ and ‘the data’ for granted when conducting statistical analyses by going through all the pre-data and post-data steps that lead to the “idealized” (Page 188) data analysis.

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