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Sources of data for Business/Economics topics & info on stat methods and tools
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Statistics Vocabulary

  • Wolfram Alpha
    This free "computational knowledge engine" from the creators of Mathematica software includes definitions of statistical terms and useful formulas.

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Online Statistics Courses

  • Introduction to Statistics 101 - Udacity
    This free online course teaches "visualization, probability, regression and other topics that will help you learn the basic methods of understanding data with statistics."
  • Statistical Thinking for Managerial Decisions
    "This Web site is a course in statistics appreciation; i.e., acquiring a feeling for the statistical way of thinking. It contains various useful concepts and topics at many levels of learning statistics for decision making under uncertainties. The cardinal objective for this Web site is to increase the extent to which statistical thinking is merged with managerial thinking for good decision making under uncertainty."
    Free site, supported by National Science Foundation
  • School of Data
    Free courses and materials on learning to use data.

Statistical Methods Reference - Electronic Books

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SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
"The Encyclopedia features two major types of entries: definitions, consisting of a paragraph or two, provide a quick explanation of a methodological term; and topical treatments or essays discussing the nature, history, application/example and implication of using a certain method. Also included are suggested readings and references for future study."

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Statistics for Dummies - Deborah Rumsey
"This reference offers explanations of statistical ideas, techniques, formulas, and calculations, and includes examples that show how these concepts apply to your everyday life."

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SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods
Essays explain qualitative research methods and provide info on further reading. Includes numerous methodologies & techniques, data collection & analysis, research design & planning, ethics, rigor, dissemination & writing, theoretical frameworks, etc.

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Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
This electronic reference work offers explanations of numerous statistical techniques and tests.

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Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis: Models and Designs
"Conjoint analysis (CA) and discrete choice experimentation (DCE) are tools used in marketing, economics, transportation, health, tourism, and other areas to develop and modify products, services, policies, and programs, specifically ones that can be described in terms of attributes."

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The Economist Numbers Guide (6th Ed - 2014)
In addition to general advice on basic numeracy, the guide points out common errors and explains the recognized techniques for solving financial problems, analyzing information of any kind, forecasting and effective decision making. Over 100 charts, graphs, tables and feature boxes highlight key points, and great emphasis is put on the all-important aspect of how you present and communicate numerical information effectively and honestly. At the back of the book is an extensive A-Z dictionary of terms covering everything from amortization to zero-sum game.

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Big Data, Mining, and Analytics - Stephan Kudyba
Publication Date: 2014-03-12
Illustrating basic approaches of business intelligence to the more complex methods of data and text mining, the book guides readers through the process of extracting valuable knowledge from the varieties of data currently being generated in the brick and mortar and internet environments. It considers the broad spectrum of analytics approaches for decision making, including dashboards, OLAP cubes, data mining, and text mining.

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Business Statistics for Dummies - Alan Anderson
Publication Date: 2013-11-18
Provides clear, practical explanations of business statistical ideas, techniques,

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Handbook of Financial Time Series
This handbook includes survey essays on statistics processes useful in areas of financial economics and financial econometrics, such as GARCH-modeling, stochastic volatility modeling, continuous time processes, cointegration and unit roots, as well as special topics related to risk, time series, and simulation based methods.


Statistics Textbooks - Electronic Books

This list includes open access textbooks that are free to everyone and library e-books which are free for EMU students.

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Introductory Statistics - Barbara Illowsky; Susan Dean
Publication Date: 2013-10-31
Introductory Statistics follows the scope and sequence of a one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering.

Free to read online or download as a PDF.
(You can also make an optional donation to this free texts projects.)

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Collaborative Statistics - Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean
"This textbook is intended for introductory statistics courses being taken by students at two– and four–year colleges who are majoring in fields other than math or engineering. Intermediate algebra is the only prerequisite. The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it."

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Electronic Statistics Textbook (StatSoft)
"This Electronic Statistics Textbook offers training in the understanding and application of statistics. The material was developed at the StatSoft R&D department based on many years of teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics courses and covers a wide variety of applications, including laboratory research (biomedical, agricultural, etc.), business statistics and forecasting, social science statistics and survey research, data mining, engineering and quality control applications, and many others." Includes modules on on many specific statistical methods.
Open access textbook

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Business Statistics Demystified
"Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for those with some statistical background, this unique, self-teaching guide provides an effective, painless way to learn or review the statistics that can help ensure your business success."

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Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics - Richard Lowry, Vassar College
This "free, full-length, and occasionally interactive statistics textbook" includes chapters on principles of measurement, distributions, correlation & regression, and statistical significance.
Open access textbook

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Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics - RVLS
- David Lane, Rice University
Includes a hyperlinked online statistics text, simulations/demonstrations, case studies, links to other online statistics texts, etc.
Open access textbook

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A First Course in Bayesian Statistical Methods
Includes one-parameter models, Monte Carlo approximation, normal model, posterior approximation with the Gibbs sampler, multivariate normal model, group comparisons and hierarchical modeling, linear regression, nonconjugate priors and Metropolis-Hastings algorithms, linear and generalized linear mixed effects models, & latent variable methods for ordinal data.

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Statistical Associates "Blue Book" series e-books
Introductions to many statistical topics written at an introductory graduate level. A few, such as the primers on probability and game theory, can be immediately downloaded. Others are available as inexpensive ($5) Kindle e-books or you can register for a password to download a free version.



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