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find compelling, real-to-life examples for
Barry Nussbaum
any level of cour se I am teaching.
Chief Statistician, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
2. Statistical Sleuth by Fred Ramsey and
Daniel Schafer—a difficult book for a
1. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry
first course for undergrads, but one we
Gonick and Woollcott Smith
refer to often over the course of students’
Despite its name (or, perhaps because of
time here.
it), it is a good primer on statistics. Its

catchy illustrations and succinct prose
3. Generalized Linear Models by P.
provide just the explanation of statistical
McCullagh and J. A. Nelder provides a
concepts a statistician needs when describ-
definitive, unified, treatment of methods
ing some basic work to nonstatistician
for the analysis of diverse types of data.
decisionmakers.
I realize the following two books do not
The next three are classics in terms of
exactly make for leisure time reading, but
established books, which display and
they come in handy as references.
explain statistical methodology.
4. The R Book by Michael J. Crawley
2. Statistical Methods by George Snedecor
and William Cochran
5. Handbook for Statistics Using Stata by
Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and Brian S. Everitt
3. Applied Regression Analysis by Norman
or A Handbook of Statistical Analyses Using
Draper and Harry Smith
R by Brian S. Everitt
4. Nonparametric Statistics for the
Behavioral Sciences by Sidney Siegel and
N. John Castellan Jr.
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Chris Olsen
5. Finally, I rely on an old favorite: Darrell
AP Statistics Teacher,
Huff’s How to Lie With Statistics. Far from
Thomas Jefferson High School
being an instruction manual for statisti-
cal lies, it has a wealth of illustrations
1. Statistics by David Freedman, Robert
describing how statistics can be misused.
Pisani, and Roger Purves
Frequently, in complex analyses, we fail to

realize we are making some of the mistakes
2. Statistics for Experimenters: An
Huff explains so well. So, I gladly use his
Introduction to Design, Data Analysis, and
examples to explain the fallacies we may
Model Building by George Box, William
be getting into.
Hunter, J. Stuart Hunter, and William
Gordon Hunter
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3. Introduction to Design and Analysis of
Experiments by George Cobb
Julie Legler

4. Elementary Survey Sampling by William
Director, Statistics Program,
Lyman Ott, Richard Scheaffer, and
St. Olaf College
William Mendenhall
1. Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown by
5. Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown by
Roxy Peck, George Casella, George Cobb,
Roxy Peck, George Casella, George Cobb,
Roger Hoerl, and Deborah Nolan. I first
Roger Hoerl, and Deborah Nolan
became enthralled with this book many
years ago when it was edited by Judith
Tanur. In its current form, it is possible to
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