Where can I find free online textbooks (created 2010-01-07).
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Someone was away from their personal library for a while and needed a free online statistics reference book. With a free textbook, you get what you pay for, of course, but there are some exceptions.
- NIST/SEMATECH. Engineering Statistics Handbook. Excerpt: "Welcome! The goal of this handbook is to help scientists and engineers incorporate statistical methods in their work as efficiently as possible." [Accessed January 7, 2010]. Available at: www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/index.htm.
This book is free because it was developed by government employees.
- StatSoft, Inc. Electronic Statistics Textbook. Excerpt: "The Electronic Textbook begins with an overview of the relevant elementary (pivotal) concepts and continues with a more in depth exploration of specific areas of statistics, organized by "modules," accessible by buttons, representing classes of analytic techniques. A glossary of statistical terms and a list of references for further study are included. " [Accessed January 7, 2010]. Available at: http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/.
This book was written by the developers of the statistical software package, Statistica.
- Paul F. Velleman, David C. Hoaglin. Applications, Basics, and Computing of Exploratory Data Analysis. Note: This book was originally published by Duxbury Press, but is now available online under an open source license through eCommons@Cornell. Abstract: "This book provides an introduction to the methods of exploratory data analysis as originally developed by John Tukey. For each of nine methods it discusses and illustrates the methods, provides background derivations and explanations, and presents programs in Fortran and BASIC. For most of these methods, this was the first source of such programs." [Accessed January 7, 2010]. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/78.
The authors of this book negotiated an agreement with their publisher to make a textbook freely available online after it had been out of print for a while.