Darwin-L Message Log 2:109 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<2:109>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Wed Oct 20 23:29:54 1993

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1993 00:35:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: New book on statistics in archeology and history
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

This new book notice just appeared on ARCH-L, the archeology
discussion group.  I thought it might be of interest to some
Darwin-L members also.

Bob O'Hara

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Version 2 (History and Archaeology) of
Essentials of Statistical Methods
by Dr. T. P. Hutchinson.

There are many excellent introductory textbooks of
statistics available.  But so many of them are 500,
700, even 1000 pages long.  This has real disadvantages.
They are heavy.  They are expensive.  And they are wordy.
But here is a volume light enough to be carried around,
and cheap enough for every student to afford.

A typical introductory statistics course gets as far
as some techniques of inference -- the testing
of hypotheses and the construction of confidence intervals.
That is the subject of Part III of this book.  In
preparation for this, the student needs to know
about data description and about probability.
These are covered in Parts I and II.

In this Version, many of the examples are taken
from history and archaeology.  For instance:
in Part I, the percentages of lead in Bronze Age
sickles, and the price of rice in 18th-century
China; in Part II, the probability of throwing "Venus"
with four astragali, and the occurrence
of wars viewed as a Poisson process; in Part III,
the sizes of shells in a possible Aboriginal
midden, and drought causing the fall of Tiwanaku.

Published September 1993.  A5 format.  Paperback.
xii + 152  pages.  Index of 800 entries.
Price: $17 (Australian currency), $12 (U.S. currency),
7 pounds sterling, $15 (Canadian currency), or Y1300
(Yen).  A price reduction of 35% is offered on orders
for 8 or more copies.

Available from Rumsby Scientific Publishing, P O Box Q355,
Q.V.B., Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, Australia.

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