New Edition of Statistics Text Published

  Posted July 19, 2000

          HOLLAND -- The sixth edition of "Probability and
  Statistical Inference," co-written by Dr. Elliot Tanis of
  the Hope College mathematics faculty, has been released this
  month by Prentice-Hall Inc.
          First published in 1977, "Probability and
  Statistical Inference" is an introductory calculus-based
  text geared toward college juniors and seniors.  Tanis co-
  wrote the book with Dr. Robert V. Hogg of the University of
  Iowa, who was his thesis advisor while he was a graduate
  student at the University of Iowa.
          Although the book has proven successful for more
  than two decades, Tanis and Hogg continue to find ways to
  make it better.  Said Tanis of the latest edition, "We tried
  to make it even more user-friendly."
          For example, the authors have added a prologue to
  introduce some thoughts concerning the role of statistics
  for students to consider as they work with the text; a
  "centerpiece" for the transition from the discussion of
  probability in the first half of the book to the treatment
  of statistical inference in the latter half; and an epilogue
  to tie things together.
          In addition, a CD-ROM prepared for the new edition
  features animated versions of some of the book's graphs,
  showing what happens when parameters are changed.  With both
  the instructor and student in mind, the CD-ROM provides
  colored versions of graphs that are rendered in black-and-
  white in the book.  Furthermore, all of the data sets for
  the examples and exercises are on the CD-ROM so they can be
  analyzed more easily without the drudgery of inputting all
  of the data.
          As in previous editions, the book continues to
  emphasize practical examples, including some taken from the
  Hope campus itself.
          Tanis retired in May as a professor emeritus of
  mathematics after 35 years on the Hope faculty.  A
  specialist in statistics, he is also the co-author of
  "Probability and Statistics:  Explorations with MAPLE,"
  written with Dr. Zaven Karian of the Denison University
          He is a past governor of the Michigan Section of
  the Mathematical Association of America.  The association
  presented him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1996.
          Tanis served as interim dean for the natural
  sciences at Hope in 1993.  He received the Hope Outstanding
  Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award from the graduating
  senior class in 1989.
          He holds his master's and doctorate from the
  University of Iowa.  His undergraduate degree is from
  Central College.

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