An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography by J. Chapman McGrew Jr. (20090707)
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I had to purchase this textbook for a statistics/geography class. I thought the text was overall wellwritten, easy to understand, and presented the concepts exceptionally well. I am not a "math person" so being able to quickly grasp the lessons and having clear graphs presented and explained, was very helpful.What I did not like about this textbook was the lack of practical problems to solve. Though the equations are given and explained, there aren't problems inside the book to work through and see the answers to and get feedback. While the book solves one or two problems and gives the steps, it would still be nice to have additional problems, especially when there are so many equations and different information presented in the various chapters. It might have made the book longer, but it would have sped up learning considerably! The concepts are presented flawlessly, but students need practice.
This text was assigned for an introlevel statistics course I took that was required for geography majors. While the statistical methods covered in this text are not themselves geographical, they can be applied to geographic research in any of the subfields (human, spatial/cartographic, economic, physical, or people/environment).All the basics of statistical problem solving are covered, including sampling methods and bias, descrptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation, and regression. Examples are provided with a geographical context, to make the information relevant to students of geography. There is also a helpful epilogue entitled "Geogrphic Problem Solving in Pratical Solutions," which will be of interest to students with research goals.The chapters are wellwritten, with ample narrative examples and clear and concise tables and diagrams. The studentdirected list of "major goals and objectives" at the end of each chapter is also helpful, along with key terms (with page numbers) and additional references. My only (minor) complaint is that the blackandwhite design of the content is occasionally tedious on the eyes, given the extent of narrative content, and the graphic presentations of the equations intext makes it occasionally difficult to find what you're looking for quickly.The second edition is an improvement over the first, with more examples and a much clearer format than the first. While this slim volume is a bit expensive new, I wouldn't recommend getting the first edition. As a geography grad student I continue to refer to this text, and have found it a worthwhile investment.~ Jacquelyn Gill
This text is short, the problems come in a separate workbook (irritating), and the probability/statistics are defined, but not explained very well. If this is the text for your class, just skip the class and take statistics from the math department. You'll learn the math better and you'll actually understand it.
This is a statistics book I need for a college course. In the beginning of each chapter, the book provides terms and definitions for new statistic concepts. In addition, each concept includes the full examples. The only issue is that the examples are way to easy to understand. The book does not really go into detail in providing more complicated problems.
I use this book along with Statistics in Geography: A Practical Approach, mainly for cross referencing information. I prefer the latter, but this book is a bit more updated. I needed a basic refresher for my research and this has fit the bill for the most part. If you need this book for the geography information, it does tend to reference human geographical elements more so than physical.
This book got me through spatial stats with a teacher that wasn't the best at explaining these concepts.
Everything I expected.
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This textbook is awful.The instructions and explanations were unnecessarily complex, but somehow also never sufficient. Explanations were awkwardly worded and much too short, and instructions could be unclear. In addition, there would be only one, or possibly no example problems with solutions to help you work out the process.I ended up completely scrapping the book when trying to learn the mathematical processes. I would only use it to look up definitions of terms or theoretical "explanations" of concepts in order to pass the short answer part of the exams. For everything else, I stuck to the lectures and powerpoints because trying to read this book to understand what I needed to do was a waste of time.I eventually dropped the class and retook it in psychology the following semester with a different textbook: "Statistics," ninth ed. by Robert S. Witte. This book explained everything in a much clearer, simpler, and more thorough manner. I HIGHLY suggest avoiding taking statistics in geography if you can get away with taking it in psychology with the other textbook. It made a huge difference for me, and most colleges allow substituting classes like this. If you have to take statistics in geography, I would suggest getting "Statistics" by Witte as a companion to this awful mess of a textbook. That is unless you have a good professor and sufficient lectures/powerpoints, then the textbook might not matter at all.