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Open Educational Resources: Statistics

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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Open Statistics Textbooks

Statistics  -OpenStax College 

Introductory Statistics follows the scope and sequence of a one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. This text assumes students have been exposed to intermediate algebra, and it focuses on the applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. The foundation of this textbook is Collaborative Statistics, by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, which has been widely adopted. Introductory Statistics includes innovations in art, terminology, and practical applications, all with a goal of increasing relevance and accessibility for students. We strove to make the discipline meaningful and memorable, so that students can draw a working knowledge from it that will enrich their future studies and help them make sense of the world around them. The text also includes Collaborative Exercises, integration with TI-83,83+,84+ Calculators, technology integration problems, and statistics labs.  -OpenStax

Senior Contributors:

Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College

Susan Dean, De Anza College

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported  License.


Statistics  -OpenIntro

The authors of this text intend for the reader to develop a foundational understanding of statistical thinking methods.  Statistics is an applied field with a wide range of practical applications which a student does not have to be a math expert to understand even when using real, interesting data. Emphasized in this text is the practical applications of statistical tools. The authors have highlighted their imperfections and how student can use them to learn about the real world.  -OpenIntro.

This textbook has been adopted by OU faculty member, Dr. Claude Miller.


David M. Diez, Google/YouTube, Quantitative Analyst

Christopher D. Barr, Harvard School of Public Health, Biostatistics

Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Duke University, Statistics

 This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.


Combinatorics Through Guided Discovery  -Open Textbook Library

This book is an introduction to combinatorial mathematics, also known as combinatorics. The book focuses especially but not exclusively on the part of combinatorics that mathematicians refer to as “counting.” The book consists almost entirely of problems. Some of the problems are designed to lead you to think about a concept, others are designed to help you figure out a concept and state a theorem about it, while still others ask you to prove the theorem. Other problems give you a chance to use a theorem you have proved. From time to time there is a discussion that pulls together some of the things you have learned or introduces a new idea for you to work with. Many of the problems are designed to build up your intuition for how combinatorial mathematics works.  -Open Textbook Library


Kenneth Bogart, Dartmouth College, Mathematics

This text is licensed under a GNU Free Documentation License.


Online Stats Book  -David Lane

Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study is a resource for learning and teaching introductory statistics. It contains material presented in textbook format and as video presentations. This resource features interactive demonstrations and simulations, case studies, and an analysis lab.  -David Lane

Lead Developer:

David Lane, Rice University, Statistics

This text is in the Public Domain.


Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics in Python -Allen B. Downey

Think Bayes is an introduction to Bayesian statistics using computational methods. Most books on Bayesian statistics use mathematical notation and present ideas in terms of mathematical concepts like calculus. This book uses Python code instead of math, and discrete approximations instead of continuous mathematics. As a result, what would be an integral in a math book becomes a summation, and most operations on probability distributions are simple loops. -Allen B. Downey


Allen B. Downey, Ph.D., Computer Science, Olin College

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.


Think Stats: Probability and Statistics for Programmers -Allen B. Downey

Think Stats emphasizes simple techniques you can use to explore real data sets and answer interesting questions. The book presents a case study using data from the National Institutes of Health. Readers are encouraged to work on a project with real datasets. if you have basic skills in Python, you can use them to learn concepts in probability and statistics. Think Stats is based on a Python library for probability distributions (PMFs and CDFs). Many of the exercises use short programs to run experiments and help readers develop understanding. -Allen B. Downey


Allen B. Downey, Ph.D., Computer Science, Olin College

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.