Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials

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PMPH-USA, 2008 - Medical - 393 pages
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This new edition of the book will be produced in two versions. The textbook will include a CD-Rom with two videotaped lectures by the authors.

This book translates biostatistics in the health sciences literature with clarity and irreverence. Students and practitioners alike, applaud Biostatistics as the practical guide that exposes them to every statistical test they may encounter, with careful conceptual explanations and a minimum of algebra.

What’s New?

The newBare Essentialsreflects recent advances in statistics, as well as time-honored methods. For example, “hierarchical linear modeling” which first appeared in psychology journals and only now is described in medical literature. Also new, is a chapter on testing for equivalence and non-inferiority. As well as a chapter with information to get started with the computer statistics program, SPSS.

Free of calculations and jargon,Bare Essentialsspeaks so plainly that you won’t need a technical dictionary. No math, all concepts. The objective is to enable you to determine if the research results are applicable to your own patients.

Throughout the guide, you’ll find highlights of areas in which researchers misuse or misinterpret statistical tests. We have labeled these “C.R.A.P. Detectors” (Convoluted Reasoning and Anti-intellectual Pomposity), which help you to identify faulty methodology and misuse of statistics.

  

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User Review  - miki - LibraryThing

I keep a copy of this book in my office to loan out to students who are reviewing for biostatistics exams, and colleagues who feel the need to brush up on their biostats. The book definitely does ... Read full review

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This is a great text, that is actually fun to read. Not sure what that other reviewer is complaining about - this book keeps things lively while explaining the concepts better than any other book I've seen. As the blurb says, clarity and irreverence. How many textbooks can you say that about?! 

Contents

SECTION
1
THE THIRD
4
THE FIFTH
37
R A P DETECTORS
65
REGRESSION AND CORRELATION
131
Simple Regression and Correlation
132
Multiple Regression
143
Logistic Regression
159
Path Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling
210
R A P DETECTORS
229
THE FOURTH
233
NONPARAMETRIC STATISTICS
236
Tests of Significance for Categorical Frequency Data
237
Measures of Association for Categorical Data
253
Tests of Significance for Ranked Data
260
Measures of Association for Ranked Data
268

Advanced Topics in Regression and ANOVA
167
Measuring Change
177
Hierarchical Linear Models
186
Principal Components and Factor Analysis
194
LifeTable Survival Analysis
274
R A P DETECTORS 290
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Geoffrey Norman PhD Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario

David Streiner PhD Assistant Vice President, Research Director Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Baycreat Centre of Geriatric Care Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario

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