chapter  1
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Introduction and Background

We recognize that the word “statistics” does not elicit the same response from everyone. In fact, the range of attitudes toward a statistics class may be quite extreme, perhaps even more so than other classes you’ve taken in your college career. If your reaction is somewhere toward the negative end of the emotional spectrum (Think: Ugh!), don’t feel bad. That’s a fairly common reaction for students beginning their first course in statistics.