I often times get questions from students about different Stats textbooks. One of the books that is brought up frequently is The Basic Practice of Statistics, which is your classic Statistics 101 textbook. Most of those books are more than adequate for learning statistics.
If that is the book you got assigned for your class, it would be a good idea to stick to it for many reasons: for one, the way of presenting and covering statistics (which can vary substantially from book to book) is that you find in that specific book, and likely, the test questions will look a lot like those from the textbook.
But that is not always the case. Sometimes the textbook is simply a reference, which is the case when the instructor goes for a more standard approach, which is more or less the same in majority of books. The truth is that many textbook try some innovative approach, which could be “hands on” or could be with “real life examples”. Some authors look for a twist to differentiate from the rest, and that is alright.
So you are looking for pdf answers for the Basic Practice Of Statistics?
I understand. You are lost and you are looking for the test bank with solutions for your textbook. It makes sense, but I would advise against it, for several reasons. Often times, those pdf copies are sold illegally, without consent of the publisher, and should be avoided at all costs.
Then, even in case you decided to buy it, fine you have it, but you will be spending money for something that perhaps would not be even useful. Why? Because questions assigned are not always directly from the book, especially with online courses where a platform like MyStatsLab or Blackboard generates questions on the fly, that are not coming directly from the book, or at least they come with different numbers.
A test bank with solutions could be useful to see how questions are worked out. But the thing is, if your instructor deems that it is useful for you to have the solutions for the textbook, he or she will make it an official requirement as a material for you to get. Otherwise, I would not really bother.
Why people are looking for the Basic Practice Of Stats?
Well, that is easy, it is because instructors are using that book frequently in their Stats 101 classes. Some books go in and out of fashion, and this one is now fashionable. Other Stat textbooks continue being popular nowadays, such as the Triola books, but I have lately seen a less prevalent use of those.
It is indeed a new phenomenon to see these Stats 101 books with their twists, with a very specific approach. Like the “hands on” or the “layman version”, etc. And also, you see those textbooks specially targeted at students from “Nursing Degrees”, or “Stats for Biostatistics”. So, we have the same old Stats, written specifically to appeal students with different backgrounds, which I think is a good thing.
I do recommend to stick with the textbook required by your instructor. That is for sure a mandatory buy, but consider that there are always good options to complement that main textbook required in your class.