The purpose of this book is to give the reader a full-scale insight in the tools of descriptive statistics – from construction of tables to regression analysis.
The book forms the foundation of the two subjects
• Descriptive Economics
Descriptive Statistics – with Excel Guidance will open up statistical publications to the reader and teach him/her how to use the statistical tools when writing a report in statistics or economics. The statistics used for the examples are mostly taken from the UN. from the OECD and from national statistical bureaus. The statistics to be used for the exercises can be downloaded from the internet at the address www.swismark.dk.
Descriptive Statistics – with Excel Guidance gives detailed guidance in how to use the spreadsheet Excel for statistics. Elementary previous knowledge in Excel is assumed.
Descriptive Statistics – with Excel Guidance contains 73 exercises. 16 of the exercises deal with misuse of statistics. Detailed answers to the misuse exercises are given in Chapter 2. Answers to the rest of the exercises will be send to teachers on demand.
Students at universities, business schools, business academies etc. are the target group of this book.
The exercises have been tested by students from the University of Southern Denmark and from the Aarhus School of Business. Exchange students from Japan and from Oregon, USA, showed great concern in a preliminary edition long ago and were very helpful in correcting my often incorrect English. The book is dedicated to them.
Aarhus/Odense, 19 January 2010
Chapter 1. Statistical Method