1. Iris Data.- 2. Darwin's Data on Growth Rates of Plants.- 3. Canadian Lynx Trappings.- 4. The Number of Deaths by Horsekicks in the Prussian Army.- 5. The Yields of Wheat on the Broadbalk Fields at Rothamsted.- 6. Uniformity Trials: Variation and Correlationin the Yield of Wheat.- 7. Stanford Heart Transplant Data.- 8. Coal-Mining Disasters.- 9. Recoiling of Guns.- 10. Old Maps.- 11. Monthly Mean Sunspot Numbers.- 12. Ozone Column.- 13. Downwind Effects from the Arizona Cloud Seeding Experiments.- 14. Half Hourly Precipitation and Streamflow, River Hirnant, Wales, U.K., November and December, 1972.- 15. The Rainfall at Adelaide, South Australia.- 16. Particle Size Distribution of Soil Profiles.- 17. Identifying Groundwater Populations.- 18. Soil Data from the Province of Murcia, Spain.- 19. Lamoka Lake Site Determinations.- 20. Variations in the Earth's Rotation Rate, 1820-1970.- 21. Association of Pairs of Radio Sources with Peculiar Galaxies.- 22. Motions of Stars in a Star Cluster, M92.- 23. Motions and Distances of Planetary Nebulae.- 24. Quality Control Data in Clinical Chemistry.- 25. Calcium Assay.- 26. Determination of Dunham Coefficients for the Ground State of D2.- 27. Clock Intercomparisons.- 28. An Evaluation of Cryogenic Flow Meters.- 29. Stress-Rupture Life of Kevlar 49/Epoxy Spherical Pressure Vessels.- 30. A Chemical Reaction.- 31. Product Preferences.- 32. Incidence of Malignant Melanoma After Peaks of Sunspot Activity.- 33. Supplemental Ascorbate, Vitamin C, in the Supportive Treatment of Cancer.- 34. Incidence of Byssinosis: A Cross-Sectional Occupational Health Study.- 35. Inter and Intra Individual Variation of Blood Glucose Levels.- 36. Chemical and Overt Diabetes.- 37. The Maternal Age Distribution of Patients with Down's Syndrome.- 38. Procedures for the Detection of Muscular Dystrophy Carriers.- 39. Lengths of Remissions for Children with Acute Leukemia.- 40. Testis Tumours in Japan.- 41. Consecutive Measurements of Plasma Citrate Concentrations.- 42. Time to Death and Type of Death in Mice Receiving Various Doses of Red Dye No. 40.- 43. Cariogenic Effects of Diet.- 44. Physical Characteristics of Urines With and Without Crystals.- 45. Multiple Tumour Recurrence Data for Patients with Bladder Cancer.- 46. Prognostic Variables for Survival in a Randomized Comparison of Treatments for Prostatic Cancer.- 47. Visual Pattern Recognition.- 48. Circadian Rhythms.- 49. Number of Species in the Galápagos Islands.- 50. The Spatio-Temporal Spread of Fox Rabies.- 51. Measuring the Avoidance of Super-Parasitism: Are Balls Scattered Non-Randomly into Boxes?.- 52. Effect of Chemicals on Earthworm Populations.- 53. The Classification of Three Historical Specimens of Grey Kangaroos.- 54. Social Grooming in North American River Otters.- 55. Species Composition in a Complex of Woodlands.- 56. Distribution Patterns of Plant Species.- 57. The Garrison Bay Project, Stock Assessment and Dynamics of the Littleneck Clam, Protothaca staminea.- 58. Maize Fertilizer Experiments on the Islands of St. Vincent and Antigua.- 59. Disorder and Mineral Content in Apples.- 60. A Classical Apple Experiment.- 61. Mastitis Control by Penicillin and Novobiocin.- 62. United Kingdom Pig Production 1967-1978.- 63. Comparison of Family Sizes: A Problem from the 1941 Canadian Census.- 64. Canadian Unemployment Data 1956-1975.- 65. United States of America Unemployment Data, 1948-1981.- 66. Interorganizational Resource Links in Towertown, U.S.A..- 67. Insurance Availability in Chicago.- 68. Factors Influencing Motor Insurance Rates.- 69. Disputed Authorship: The Federalist Papers.- 70. Platonic Prose Rhythm.- 71. Relationships between Birthday and Deathday.
Statistics provides tools and strategies for the analysis of data. While much has been written about the methodology, sometimes without reference to data, little has been said about the data. In this volume we present sets of data obtained from many situations without any direct reference to a particular type of analysis. Our view of the usefulness of bringing together a broad collection of sets of data has been shared by many friends and contributors. Students of statistics need to gain facility with their art by applying their knowledge to many sets of data. Textbook examples tend to be small and selected primarily to illustrate a particular technique, thus failing to demonstrate the questioning, iterative nature of statistical analysis. The situations which gave rise to the more extensive sets of data given in this volume are colourful and interesting, and can be readily understood by laymen, students and research workers with diverse interests. These sets were often chosen for their perverse reluctance to yield under the naive application of standard procedures. They do not have correct solutions. They describe situations where the statisti cian can develop skills and learn the limitations of statistical methods.
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