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Elements of Statistics

Dr. B. N. Asthana
First Edition, 2011

ISBN: 81-219-3853-8
Code: 07 530
Published by: S. Chand & Company Ltd.
Price: Rs. 270/-

This book provides the principles of statistics with clarity combined with simplicity so that
even those students who are not very comfortable with mathematical abstractions are able to
grasp the concepts with ease. The target students of this book are those studying commerce,
economics, management, psychology, education and also those of professional courses e.g.

Statistics now is used in almost all fields of human activity. Hence today the science of
statistics is regarded as basic to the study of almost every field – chief among them is
management, economics and sociology. This book is written with this wider application of
statistics in mind covering its use in planning, estimating, forecasting, decision making and

The book has twenty one chapters. The first seven chapters discuss the definitions, graphs &
diagrams, and descriptive measures of statistics. The next three chapters cover correlation and
regression. Next come time series and index number, and types of frequency distribution. It is
then followed by elements of probability and sampling, ANOVA, experimental designs and
interpolations. The last but three chapters are on association of attributes and contingency,
SQC, and interpretation of statistical data. The last chapter is on Indian statistics which starts
with evolution of statistical systems in India, then discusses CSO, national sample survey,
NSSO, National Statistical Commission, and National Academy of Statistical Administration

The tables of normal distribution, t-distribution, chi-square distribution, F-distribution and

factors useful in construction of control charts have been given as appendices. Now-a-days
almost every statistician uses some statistical packages e.g. SPSS or SAS etc. An introduction
to the application of statistical packages would have made this book more complete from the
point of practitioners.

A good number of problems have been solved in each of the chapters, as applicable, followed
by a large number of questions with answers for numerical problems. The lucid presentation
of the serious subject like statistics in a comprehensive and elaborate manner makes this a self
study reference book for all students. It deserves a place in related libraries in our country.


B.E. (Mech), FICWA M/5756, MFM