This book demonstrates how numbers open up new ways of thinking about problems and addresses current issues for which statistics has practical applications. The articles are classified according to probability, condensing data, testing, estimation, experimental design, prediction, and modelling.
I: Probability 1. Probabilities, Meeting, and Mating 2. How Much Does a Kilogram of Milk Powder Weigh? 3. Writing the Book of Life: Medical Record Linkage II: Condensing Complex Data 4. Numerical Approaches to Classification 5. Pattern Recognition, or How to Tell It's One of Those 6. Finders Keepers 7. How to Assess Management Training 8. Multidimensional Scaling in Product Development 9. The Positioning of Zap: An Application of Discriminant Analysis 10. Understanding Patient-Physician Communication 11. The Why and Wherefore of Factor Analysis III: Hypothesis Testing 12. Testing for Trends in the Weather 13. How the Theory of Evolution Could Be Disproved, but Isn't 14. Unraveling DNA Information 15. Sequential Experimentation, or Count Your Chickens as They Hatch IV: Estimation 16. Estimating the Size of Wildlife Populations Using Capture Techniques 17. Who Still Comes to the Races? V: Experimental 18. Randomization: A Historic Controversy 19. Some Sidelights on Experimental Design VI: Prediction 20. You Can't Catch Me: I'm the Gingerbread Man 21. Ultrasound in Ante-Natal Diagnosis 22. Predicting Suicide: Statistical and Clinical Strategies 23. Predicting Earthquakes 24. Genetic Evaluation of Bulls for Milk Production VII: Modeling 25. The Survival of the Fittest 26. Forecasting Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: An Elementary Analysis 27. Spreading Disease by Statistics and Growing Cities with Computers 28. Time Series and the Stock Market 29. The 100-Year Hood and All That 30. War and Peace: Why is Power Unstable?