Published on *Hope College* (http://www.hope.edu)

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

faculty.

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.

**Links:**

[1] http://www.hope.edu/2000/07/19/new-edition-stats-text