Finally. After months of working evenings and weekends while holding down a full-time job, I’ve completed a 141-page free open online textbook in statistics, available to all as a Google document:
I wrote it as if I’m sitting right next to you, explaining statistical concepts and drawing diagrams to visualize them. The book contains real-world examples, exercises with answers in the back, R tutorials, links to select quizzes and videos from my online Udacity course, and links to fantastic outside sources. This book is a living, breathing document that will be constantly improved. And since it’s in a Google doc, it’ll be updated for everyone in real time! Furthermore, comments will be enabled for the next several months, so if some points need to be clarified, readers can let me know.
Math — especially statistics — CAN be fun and engaging. Statistics is such a valuable tool and everyone should have the opportunity to know how to use it. This book is a super friendly introduction to practical statistical concepts that you can use every day. There’s a little bit of theory where it will help to understand the methodology behind drawing conclusions, but all complex concepts have many visualizations and I refresh readers’ memories of these concepts throughout the book.
While the book is free, I’m raising funds so that I can distribute hard copies of the textbook to communities that don’t have easy access to Internet. I’m also hoping to purchase a digital tablet and microphone so that I can make more free videos like the ones on my blog and in my Udacity statistics class. I would be immensely appreciative of any donations, made through Paypal to my non-profit, Math inquiries Project, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donors who give:
- $20 will receive a hard copy of the textbook
- $50 will receive a hard copy and have their name in the Acknowledgments section
- $100 will receive a hard copy and have their name and website in the Acknowledgments section
- $200 will receive a hard copy, have their name and website in the acknowledgments section, and receive a personalized instructional video like the one I made for my friend Sam.
Please spread the word to anyone who wants to learn statistics! Thanks for the support and enjoy the book!