Product Cover Image

Elementary Statistics, 8th Edition

By Neil A. Weiss

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 18, 2011

More Product Info


Weiss’s Elementary Statistics, Eighth Edition is the ideal textbook for introductory statistics classes that emphasize statistical reasoning and critical thinking. Comprehensive in its coverage, Weiss’s meticulous style offers careful, detailed explanations to ease the learning process. With more than 2,000 exercises, most using real data, there is a wealth of opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and develop statistical literacy. The text is suitable for a one-semester course.


Elementary Statistics, Eighth Edition, contains parallel presentation of critical-value and p-value approaches to hypothesis testing. This unique design allows both the flexibility to concentrate on one approach or the opportunity for greater depth in comparing the two.


This edition of Elementary Statistics continues the book's tradition of being on the cutting edge of statistical pedagogy, technology, and data analysis. It includes hundreds of new and updated exercises with real data from journals, magazines, newspapers, and Web sites.


Elementary Statistics, Eighth Edition, takes a data-driven approach with more than 700 data sets documented by several hundred data sources.


Datasets and other resources (where applicable) for this book are available here.

Table of Contents


Course Management Notes (Instructor’s Edition only)


Technology Resources

Data Sources


Part I: Introduction


1. The Nature of Statistics

1.1 Statistics Basics

1.2 Simple Random Sampling

1.3 Other Sampling Designs*

1.4 Experimental Designs*


Part II: Descriptive Statistics


2. Organizing Data

2.1 Variables and Data

2.2 Organizing Qualitative Data

2.3 Organizing Quantitative Data

2.4 Distribution Shapes

2.5 Misleading Graphs*


3. Descriptive Measures

3.1 Measures of Center

3.2 Measures of Variation 

3.3 The Five-Number Summary; Boxplots

3.4 Descriptive Measures for Populations; Use of Samples



4. Descriptive Methods in Regression and Correlation

4.1 Linear Equations with One Independent Variable

4.2 The Regression Equation

4.3 The Coefficient of Determination

4.4 Linear Correlation


Part III: Probability, Random Variables, and Sampling Distributions


5. Probability and Random Variables

5.1 Probability Basics

5.2 Events

5.3 Some Rules of Probability

5.4 Discrete Random Variables and Probability Distributions*

5.5 The Mean and Standard Deviation of a Discrete Random Variable*

5.6 The Binomial Distribution*


6. The Normal Distribution

6.1 Introducing Normally Distributed Variables

6.2 Areas Under the Standard Normal Curve

6.3 Working with Normally Distributed Variables

6.4 Assessing Normality; Normal Probability Plots


7. The Sampling Distribution of the Sample Mean

7.1 Sampling Error; the Need for Sampling Distributions

7.2 The Mean and Standard Deviation of the Sample Mean

7.3 The Sampling Distribution of the Sample Mean


Part IV: Inferential Statistics


8. Confidence Intervals for One Population Mean

8.1 Estimating a Population Mean

8.2 Confidence Intervals for One Population Mean When σ Is Known

8.3 Margin of Error

8.4 Confidence Intervals for One Population Mean When σ Is Unknown


9. Hypothesis Tests for One Population Mean

9.1 The Nature of Hypothesis Testing

9.2 Critical-Value Approach to Hypothesis Testing

9.3 P-Value Approach to Hypothesis Testing

9.4 Hypothesis Tests for One Population Mean When σ Is Known

9.5 Hypothesis Tests for One Population Mean When σ Is Unknown


10. Inferences for Two Population Means

10.1 The Sampling Distribution of the Difference between Two Sample Means for Independent Samples

10.2 Inferences for Two Population Means, Using Independent Samples: Standard Deviations Assumed Equal

10.3 Inferences for Two Population Means, Using Independent Samples: Standard Deviations Not Assumed Equal

10.4 Inferences for Two Population Means, Using Paired Samples


11. Inferences for Population Proportions

11.1 Confidence Intervals for One Population Proportion

11.2 Hypothesis Tests for One Population Proportion

11.3 Inferences for Two Population Proportions


12. Chi-Square Procedures

12.1 The Chi-Square Distribution

12.2 Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Test

12.3 Contingency Tables; Association

12.4 Chi-Square Independence Test

12.5 Chi-Square Homogeneity Test


13. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

13.1 The F-Distribution

13.2 One-Way ANOVA: The Logic

13.3 One-Way ANOVA: The Procedure


14. Inferential Methods in Regression and Correlation

14.1 The Regression Model; Analysis of Residuals

14.2 Inferences for the Slope of the Population Regression Line

14.3 Estimation and Prediction

14.4 Inferences in Correlation




Appendix A: Statistical Tables

I. Random numbers

II. Areas under the standard normal curve

III. Normal scores

IV. Values of tα

V. Values of χα2

VI. Values of Fα

VII. Binomial probabilities


Appendix B Answers to Selected Exercises


Photo Credits

Indexes for Biographical Sketches & Case Studies


WeissStats CD-ROM (included with every new textbook)

Brief Contents

Note: See the WeissStats CD-ROM ReadMe file for detailed contents.


Data Sets

DDXL (Excel Add-In)

Detailed t and Chi-square Tables

Focus Database

Formulas and Appendix A Tables

Further Topics in Probability

JMP Concept Discovery Modules

Minitab Macros

Technology Basics

TI Programs


*indicates an optional section

Enhance your learning experience with text-specific study materials.

These online resources are available at no cost.

Companion Website for Introductory Statistics and Elementary Statistics, 9th Edition

This title is also sold in the various packages listed below. Before purchasing one of these packages, speak with your professor about which one will help you be successful in your course.

Package ISBN-13: 9780321728586

Includes this title packaged with:

  • Student Solutions Manual for Elementary Statistics, 8th Edition
    Neil A. Weiss

$225.13 | Add to Cart

Package ISBN-13: 9780321779076

Includes this title packaged with:

  • Minitab Study Card for Statistics
    Jennifer Lewis Priestly
  • MyStatLab -- Valuepack Access Card
    . . Pearson Education

$236.47 | Add to Cart

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-321-69123-7

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-69123-1

Format: Alternate Binding

This item has been upgraded to Elementary Statistics, 9th Edition.

Digital Choices ?

MyLab & Mastering with Pearson eText is a complete digital substitute for a print value pack at a lower price.

MyLab & Mastering ?

MyLab & Mastering products deliver customizable content and highly personalized study paths, responsive learning tools, and real-time evaluation and diagnostics. MyLab & Mastering products help move students toward the moment that matters most—the moment of true understanding and learning.

eTextbook ?

With VitalSource eTextbooks, you save up to 60% off the price of new print textbooks, and can switch between studying online or offline to suit your needs.

Access your course materials on iPad, Android and Kindle devices with VitalSource Bookshelf, the textbook e-reader that helps you read, study and learn brilliantly. Features include:

  • See all of your eTextbooks at a glance and access them instantly anywhere, anytime from your Bookshelf - no backpack required.
  • Multiple ways to move between pages and sections including linked Table of Contents and Search make navigating eTextbooks a snap.
  • Highlight text with one click in your choice of colors. Add notes to highlighted passages. Even subscribe to your classmates' and instructors' highlights and notes to view in your book.
  • Scale images and text to any size with multi-level zoom without losing page clarity. Customize your page display and reading experience to create a personal learning experience that best suits you.
  • Print only the pages you need within limits set by publisher
  • Supports course materials that include rich media and interactivity like videos and quizzes
  • Easily copy/paste text passages for homework and papers
  • Supports assistive technologies for accessibility by vision and hearing impaired users

Print Choices

Alternative Options ?

Click on the titles below to learn more about these options.

Loose Leaf Version ?

Books a la Carte are less-expensive, loose-leaf versions of the same textbook.