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What book would you recommend for scientists who are not statisticians?

Clear delivery is most appreciated. As well as the explanation of the appropriate techniques and methods for typical tasks: time series analysis, presentation and aggregation of large data sets.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you be a little more precise? What type of analysis, in what context, etc. $\endgroup$ – Dominic Comtois Jul 13 '11 at 5:38
  • $\begingroup$ Well, I'm talking about the basics, an overview of as much as is possible. $\endgroup$ – Fergus Barker Jul 13 '11 at 7:08
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    $\begingroup$ Statistics explained covers the basics using examples from the life sciences. The answers to this question may also contain recommendations that you'll find useful. $\endgroup$ – MånsT Jun 15 '12 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ Here is good list of books for non-statistician scientists. Most of them are probability related and some are readable for ones with a non-statistics background. HTH $\endgroup$ – user31367 Oct 11 '13 at 0:23
  • $\begingroup$ Although this question has a high number of upvotes, I wonder if it's too broad for its own good - perhaps one might gauge so by the gap between votes for the question itself, and for its answers. The recommendations are a mish-mash, including books covering very specific areas of statistics, books which cover wider swathes of statistics but which are aimed at readers who work in very specific disciplines, books pitched at completely different difficulty levels and some answers lying closer to "popular science" genre. "Typical tasks" vary enormously between "scientists", broadly construed. $\endgroup$ – Silverfish Apr 17 '16 at 20:07

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Great book. Made my module in Statistics so much easier. Was able to actually understand what I was doing instead of just doing it.

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