July 16, 2008 at 9:48 PM by Dr. Drang
Today I downloaded an updated “early access edition” of Philipp Janert’s upcoming Gnuplot in Action from Manning, a book I mentioned in my last post on Gnuplot. It’s a huge change from the previous early access edition, with several new chapters and appendices. It’s looking much closer to being a real book, so I’ll be studying it more closely to give it a formal review.
A welcome addition to the book is bibliography of reference works on graphics, statistics, and mathematical modeling. One reference that caught my eye is NIST’s Engineering Statistics Handbook, a huge website/book that covers the usual topics its title would suggest and seems to give simple, direct explanations of each topic with several examples. This is the first time I’ve seen it, so I don’t know how it compares to a decent undergraduate text, but since it’s free, it’s worth knowing about as long as its explanations aren’t flatly wrong.
I can say that the so-called “printer friendly” version isn’t worth downloading. This is simply a PDF of the web pages, including the navigation links. All told, it runs to over 3000 letter-sized pages poorly formatted for print.