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Statistics for Non-Statisticians

  • Book for practitioners

  • Presentation is as non-mathematical as possible

  • Contains many examples using statistical functions in spreadsheets

  • A realistic sample survey Fitness Club has been used as example throughout the book

  • Fills a gap in the existing literature about statistics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 15-25
  4. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 27-45
  5. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 47-84
  6. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 85-109
  7. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 111-125
  8. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 127-137
  9. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 139-151
  10. Birger Stjernholm Madsen
    Pages 153-182
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


This book was written for those who need to know how to collect, analyze and present data. It is meant to be a first course for practitioners, a book for private study or brush-up on statistics, and supplementary reading for general statistics classes. The book is untraditional, both with respect to the choice of topics and the presentation: Topics were determined by what is most useful for practical statistical work, and the presentation is as non-mathematical as possible. The book contains many examples using statistical functions in spreadsheets. In this second edition, new topics have been included e.g. within the area of statistical quality control, in order to make the book even more useful for practitioners working in industry.  


Data Description Error Sources Planning Sample Surveys Statistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Novozymes A/SBagsvaerdDenmark

About the authors

Birger Stjernholm Madsen has a Master of Science in Statistics and Mathematics.

He has several years of experience as a statistician at major Danish companies within several industries as well as within national statistics.

He has also taught statistics for several years at University of Copenhagen and has held hundreds of statistics courses for various audiences throughout decades. This book is a direct result of his teaching.

Bibliographic information

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“This book is clearly written for practitioners in the host of applications. This is also a good reference book for professionals. The interesting feature of this book is that it approaches explanatory rather than mathematical. The organization and structure is good and logical.” (S. Ejaz Ahmed, Technometrics, Vol. 60 (3), 2018)