The Chicago guide to writing about numbers /

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Author / Creator:Miller, Jane E. (Jane Elizabeth), 1959-
Imprint:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004.
Description:1 online resource (xiv, 304 pages) : illustrations
Series:Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing
Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Subject:Technical writing.
Rédaction technique.
05.16 writing.
30.99 exact sciences: other.
REFERENCE -- Writing Skills.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Composition & Creative Writing.
Données statistiques.
Technical writing.
Technische Unterlage
Wissenschaftliches Manuskript
Kwantitatieve gegevens.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Reference works.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-277) and index.
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Summary:People who work well with numbers are often stymied by how to write about them. Those who don't often work with numbers have an even tougher time trying to put them into words. For instance, scientists and policy analysts learn to calculate and interpret numbers, but not how to explain them to a general audience. Students learn about gathering data and using statistical techniques, but not how to write about their results. And readers struggling to make sense of numerical information are often left confused by poor explanations. Many books elucidate the art of writing, but books on writing abo.
Other form:Print version: Miller, Jane E. (Jane Elizabeth), 1959- Chicago guide to writing about numbers. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004
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Numerous books provide strategies, guidelines, and best practices for communicating quantitative information. Edward Tufte, for example, considered by many the guru in the field, has written numerous acclaimed works (all published by Graphics Press): Envisioning Information (CH, Nov'90, 28-1398), Visual Display of Quantitative Information (CH, Nov'83; 2nd ed., 2001), and Cognitive Style of PowerPoint (2003). Miller (research methods and statistics, Rutgers) presents a holistic and accessible approach to understanding the issues in communicating numerical information by focusing on the entire writing process. Besides providing foundation principles for writing about numbers and exploring tools for displaying figures, the book combines statistical literacy with good writing. Key statistical concepts and practices are discussed in the context of "telling a story using numbers as evidence." Ideas are demonstrated using real-world examples. The book supplies guidelines for writing an introduction, data collection methodology, data analysis, results interpretation, conclusion, and preparing graphics. The language is unusually clear and concise, and the book's layout supports quick browsing. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Students and professionals across all disciplines, who write using quantitative information. J. A. Buczynski Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

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