Originally Posted by

**StilloftheNight**
I am sure many of you are familiar with the undergraduate "Intro" college textbooks on Statistics. Sometimes I feel these books are "cheating" students, I myself being a student. By "cheating" I mean that they seem to lay such a superficial foundation, that not many really ever seem to understand what they are doing or how to apply it successfully. This leaves the student with the ability to just work "textbook" problems and not real world problems. I would hope that such a gap is not too large, or could be minimized quickly!?

Do you feel these books are too superficial? One book I have is the one called Introductory Statistics by Neil Weiss. The book has a lot of content in it, but itself even mentions it is not meant to be overly complex but intuitive.

So my question basically is, what resources do I use to actually learn why and how the statistical tests, sampling techniques, regression methods etc. all work the way they do?

I look at the more complex books on Amazon, and they look too complicated. So the problem is...the textbooks are either too complicated, or too simple. So what do I do!?