Textbooks

If you are interested in learning statistics, you shouldn’t have to pay a ton of money to do so.

Here’s a list of some FREE & downloadable statistics textbooks. Please email me if any links are broken.

Introductory courses (undergraduates)

Open Intro: “OpenIntro was started with one goal in mind: create a free and open-source introductory textbook” 

Mid-level courses (advanced undergraduates, first-year graduate students)

Introduction to Statistical Learning (by James, Witten, Hastie & Tibshirani):

“This book provides an introduction to statistical learning methods. It is aimed for upper level undergraduate students, masters students and Ph.D. students in the non-mathematical sciences. The book also contains a number of R labs with detailed explanations on how to implement the various methods in real life settings, and should be a valuable resource for a practicing data scientist.”

Introduction to Statistical Thought (by Lavine)

“The book is intended as an upper level undergraduate or introductory graduate textbook in statistical thinking with a likelihood emphasis for students with a good knowledge of calculus and the ability to think abstractly. “Statistical thinking” means a focus on ideas that statisticians care about as opposed to technical details of how to put those ideas into practice. The book does contain technical details, but they are not the focus. “Likelihood emphasis” means that the likelihood function and likelihood principle are unifying ideas throughout the text.”

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