# Essential Biostatistics

**Unique**

- It doesn't explain how to calculate any statistical tests. In fact, it only includes two equations.
- Chapter 1 is a fun chapter that explains how common sense can lead you astray and why we therefore need to understand statistical principles.
- Chapter 2 is a unique approach to appreciating the complexities of probability.
- I introduce statistical thinking with Chapter 4, which explains the confidence interval of a proportion. This lets me explain the logic of generalizing from sample to population using a confidence interval before having to deal with concepts about how to quantify the scatter.
- I explain comparing groups with confidence intervals (Chapter 12) before explaining P values (Chapter 13) and statistical significance (Chapters 14 and 15). This way I could delay as long as possible dealing with the confusing concept of a P value and the overused word “significant”.
- Chapter 16 explains how common Type I errors are, and the difference between a significance level and the false discovery rate.
- Chapter 17 explains how multiple comparisons are an issue in almost all analyses. The issue of multiple comparisons goes way beyond followup tests after ANOVA.
- Chapter 19 explains all common statistical tests as a series of tables.
- I include topics often omitted from introductory texts, but that I consider to be essential, including: the false discovery rate, p-hacking, lognormal distributions, geometric mean, normality tests, outliers and nonlinear regression.
- Nearly every chapter has a
*Lingo*section that explains how statistical terminology can be misunderstood*.* - Nearly every chapter includes a
*Common Mistakes section*, and Chapter 25 explains more general mistakes to avoid.

**Essential Biostatistics:**

- Explains the ideas of statistics without describing the mathematical underpinnings
- Appeals to the many students and scientists who prefer verbal explanations over mathematical proofs
- Focuses on how to avoid falling into common conceptual traps
- Points out ambiguities in potentially confusing terms and phrases
- Covers a wide breadth of topics in a quick and concise manner
- Can be used as a stand alone text or as a supplement to longer texts.
- Explains essential concepts missing from many books, including multiple comparisons, the False Discovery Rate (FDR), outliers and lognormal distributions.