Statistics for Environmental Engineers

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The Aim of this Book


Learning statistics is not difficult, but engineers often dislike their introductory statistics course. One reason may be that the introductory course is largely a sterile examination of textbook data, usually from a situation of which they have no intimate knowledge or deep interest. We hope this book, by presenting statistics in a familiar context, will make the subject more interesting and palatable.


The book is organized into short chapters, each dealing with one essential idea that is usually developed in the context of a case study. We hope that using statistics in relevant and realistic examples will make it easier to understand peculiarities of the data and the potential problems associated with its analysis. The goal was for each chapter to stand alone so the book does not need to be studied from front to back, or in any other particular order. This is not always possible, but the reader is encouraged to “dip in” where the subject of the case study or the statistical method stimulates interest.


Most chapters have the following format:


•    Introduction to the general kind of engineering problem and the statistical method to be discussed.


•    Case Study introduces a specific environmental example, including actual data.


•    Method gives a brief explanation of the statistical method that is used to prepare the solution to the case study problem. Statistical theory has been kept to a minimum. Sometimes it is condensed to an extent that reference to another book is mandatory for a full understanding. Even when the statistical theory is abbreviated, the objective is to explain the broad concept sufficiently for the reader to recognize situations when the method is likely to be useful, although all details required for their correct application are not understood.

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