- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: OUP USA; 3 edition (19 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199946647
- ISBN-13: 978-0199946648
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.3 x 15.5 cm
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Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking Paperback – 19 Dec 2013
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Intuitive Biostatistics is a beautiful book that has much to teach experimental biologists of all stripes. Motulsky has written thoughtfully, with compelling logic and wit. He teaches by example what one may expect of statistical methods and, perhaps just as importantly, what one may not expect of them. He is to be congratulated for this work, which will surely be valuable and perhaps even transformative for many of the scientists who read it. (Bruce Beutler, 2011 Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine, and Director, Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
Let's face it. Most statistics textbooks intimidate the average student. Motulsky's Intuitive Biostatistics, however, is written in a welcoming tone. It takes the static out of statistics. This textbook covers a wide spectrum of statistical concepts in a way that will benefit readers with varying levels of quantitative backgrounds. (Heather Hoffman, George Washington University)
About the Author
Harvey Motulsky is the founder and CEO of GraphPad Software, Inc. He wrote the first edition of Intuitive Biostatistics while on the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.
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Harvey Motulsky seems to have pulled off the trick of writing a book with high explanatory power that will not intimidate the busy undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc, or primary investigator who wants to learn the necessary information but does not want to drown in esoteric details, problem sets, or unhelpful information. As a practicing neuroscientist, I appreciate a guide that is informative but also a pleasure to read (I don't have time to read through the standard statistic texts I have come across).
It is not surprising that Motulsky is also the CEO of GraphPad Software, the company that makes Prism. This software intuitively guides scientists into using the appropriate statistical tests for their data, and it is easily the best and most user-friendly statistical software on the market. I have used Prism for years and was unaware that Motulsky also wrote this book. Now I plan on recommending this book to my students and colleagues, and I purchased a copy for my office and lab.
If you are a bioscientist intimidated by statistics (or feel like you could use a refresher after a long ago forgotten stats class), this book is a gem.
My only real issue is that this book is that it focuses on medicine, but is called bio stats... which is a huge field on its own.
Overall, great coverage of the basic to intermediate topics, with an intermediate level of teaching.
Light on theory and heavier on applied, which appeals to me. No real programming in this book, as I expected.
Motulsky does not include mathematical equations. Rather, he focuses on interpreting statistical concepts, common pitfalls, and challenges the reader to think critically.
Highly recommended for clinical, medical, and pharmaceutical professionals responsible for reviewing clinical data. Even for readers confident in their statistics knowledge, this is a great refresher. I have expanded my biostatistics acumen thanks to this book.
This text is daily my go-to reference guide.