Dikran Karagueuzian writes:
I am in the process of choosing a textbook for a junior- or senior-level undergraduate two-semester sequence in probability and statistics.
I would be obliged if you could recommend one which is free (or at least cheap), or inquire with your blog readers for such a recommendation.
The course has been taught successfully in the past using Mathematical Statistics with Applications, by Wackerly, Mendenhall, and Scheaffer. Also at roughly the right level is Probability and Statistics by deGroot and Schervish. However, the current edition of the first text now lists for $217, and I find myself embarrassed to ask students at a public university to pay prices at this level.
The main item on my wish list, other than the textbook being cheap and at the right level, is that it should be possible to teach the course by following the book closely for the entire year. (I have never taught the course before and have spent several years away from the university in the private sector. Thus, 3 weeks from source A, 4 weeks from source B, and 5 weeks from source C is likely to turn out badly.)
I have looked at online statistics resources like http://statpages.org/javasta3.html without finding a suitable textbook.
Of course, I could choose one of the two texts mentioned above if nothing turns up.
Any help you or your readers could offer would be very much appreciated.
Statistics: What’s the Difference isn’t ready yet, and it’s even further from being ready at the mathematical level you’re looking for. I’ve never actually taught the course you’re talking about–I did take such courses in college but I can’t say I was thrilled with the books we used. So I’ll throw this one to the readers. Any suggestions?