Tim Gilmour writes:
I’m an early 40s guy in Los Angeles, and I’m sort of sending myself back to school, specifically in statistics — not taking classes, just working through things on my own. Though I haven’t really used math much since undergrad, a number of my personal interests (primarily epistemology) would be much better served by a good knowledge of statistics.
I was wondering if you could recommend a solid, undergrad level intro to statistics book? While I’ve seen tons of options on the net, I don’t really have the experiential basis to choose among them effectively.
My reply: Rather than reading an intro stat book, I suggest you read a book in some area of interest to you that uses statistics. For example, Bob Carpenter is always recommending Jim Albert’s book on baseball. But if you’re interested in epidemiology, then maybe best to read a book on that subject. Sander Greenland wrote an epidemiology textbook; I haven’t read it all the way through, but Sander knows what he’s talking about, so it could be a good place to start.
If you had to read one statistics book right now, I’d suggest my book with Jennifer Hill. It’s not quite an intro book but we pretty much start from scratch.
Readers might have other suggestions.