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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Statistical Computing : An Introduction to Data Analysis using S-Plus
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Michael J. Crawley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Teachers, students, and researchers - stop here!


This is far and away the best statistics book I have found for the non-statistician. As a researcher and introductory behavioral statistics teacher this book has proven invaluable to me.
Crawley explains the connecting ideas that foster understanding that so many others seem to omit. Teaching statistics graphically rather than formulaically using the free student version of s-plus, my students come away understanding the foundations of statistics including measures of central tendency, probability distributions, regression, and ANOVA.
The interesting thing is that when I need an introduction to survival analysis or non-linear regression, I'm able to pick up the same book. Crawley explains many more advanced analyses with the same care and thoroughness that he does the basics including log-linear analysis, mixed-effects models, Generalised linear models, and time series analysis to name but a few.
I originally picked up this book to learn how to conduct analyses using s-plus but what I found was so much more.
To those of you that are really only interested in learning s-plus this book does that elegantly as well and I prefer it to Venables and Ripley (Modern Applied Statistics with S). I suspect that statisticians will prefer the later title but if you are like me and want some help understanding the analysis and not just how to do it in s-plus then stick with this title.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the PMP and Proud


The book is great as it uses fun teaching/learning techniques to make the terms and procedures easier to memorize. With Andy's somewhat silly (but don't knock it) graphics and acrostics, you can more easily recall the terms and the proper order.
Received the book in January to start the process of application for the exam. Spent the last days in January studying and learning it the first time. Between work and moving homes, forgot about the early May exam date, until 24 hours before the exam. With the simple figures and his recommended methods of learning (I am terrible at memorization), I crammed by reviewing my studies of his notes.
As promised, the material prepared me for the PMP exam and I passed. Andy fulfilled his promises by preparing me for 98% of the exam. Out of the questions I knew half easily, and the balance were easy to narrow the correct answer to only two choices.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
XSLT Indept


Covers 'every' detail you need to know about XSLT. If you use XSLT fairly often in you work then this has to be within arms-length.
Minor inconvinence is references to XSL 1.1 features (which doesn't exists anymore). I also wonder how big this book would be when XSL 2.0 is supported... wait Wrox (the publisher) is gone... may be this is the last edition.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Gets you through the game but not perfect


This strategy does help you a lot but it leaves out a lot like battling the side quest monsters (the WEAPONS). You could really use help on these guys!