Workbook for Statistical Problem Solving in Geography

My workbook for Statistical Problem Solving in Geography (ISBN-10: 1502982293, ISBN-13: 978-1502982292) is now available for purchase through:

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The workbook contains the full semester of exercises I use in my courbookcoverse GEOG 204 – Statistical Problem Solving in Geography.  The workbook follows the sequencing presented in An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, published by Waveland Press.  And best of all, the workbook is only $19.99 – most workbooks for college courses are over $50!

The data for the exercises is located HERE.  All of the data is in Microsoft Excel format with tabs for each chapter and exercise.

If you purchase this book, do not pay for the more expensive shipping – regular mail, which will take about a week after the book is printed, costs around $3.00.  To help you get started right away I have provided the first three chapters of the workbook HERE for free.  Therefore, even if you wait until the first day of class to purchase the workbook, you will be able to use the first 3 exercises before your book arrives.

From the back cover:

One of the challenges in teaching a course in statistics for geographers is providing practical hands-on examples to illustrate the concepts. Finding the right examples, collecting and formatting the data, and guiding the introductory user through the exercise is difficult and time consuming.  

To assist instructors in providing a complete semester long set of exercises in statistical
problem solving in geography, Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. developed this book with the exercises used in his course Statistical Problem Solving in Geography at Salisbury University. These exercises correspond to his course textbook An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, however, the exercises would work with any introductory textbook on geography and statistics.

The exercises are not only recent (most of the data sets are from 2013 and 2104), well laid out, and taken from real world data, but also thoroughly focused on geography and related disciplines. Rather than using dry hypothetical examples, the examples in this book are derived from actual data related to health and epidemiology, agriculture, economic geography, atmospheric science, natural resource assessment, planning, and many more.

Delivered as a print-on-demand book, students are not burdened by excessive costs often associated with most college textbooks. Also, the nature of a print-on-demand book means that examples can be frequently updated as new data and issues become important to geographers. For those faculty wanting to obtain the workbook answers, they can contact Dr. Lembo with proof that they are the professor using the book at his blog


2 thoughts on “Workbook for Statistical Problem Solving in Geography

  1. Hi,

    I am currently using Harris and Jarvis’ Stats for Geog and Env Science, but considering switching to your text for my second year course in quant methods in Geog this coming fall.

    However, I have my own lab assignments that I would probably continue to mainly use, though I’m looking at substituting/supplementing some with those from your Workbook.

    The other significant component of my course is ensuring students become pretty proficient with a wide range of Excel functions, so I also require that they buy an Excel workbook (usually Dretzge’s). I am therefore reluctant to require that they buy a second workbook text (i.e., yours) because only part of it will be used (1/3 or 1/2?) and of course the extra cost. I do appreciate the prices of your texts are modest (this was a significant consideration in originally selecting the Harris and Jarvis text).

    So my questions are:
    1) If I assign your textbook but not the workbook will you still make available the workbook answer key? (See my institutional email address and the faculty listing at )
    2) You indicated somewhere you would have video lectures for some chapters. Are these available or in process? The probability theory chapter would be especially nice because my tentative schedule has me at a conference the week I would normally cover it!

    • Thanks for considering the book. We really tried to make the textbook primarily a geography book. Also, as you look it over, you can see that it ranges from very elementary beginnings to more advanced topics, so it might fit well for both courses. (although, not super-advanced. For instance, we cover multiple regression and even get into multi-collinearity, but we don’t cover, say, spatial autocorrelation in regression).

      Due to the high cost of textbooks, I am trying to double-dip with my students so they aren’t buying so many books. For instance, I like Paul Bolstad’s GIS Fundamentals textbook, and that can span our Map Interpretation, Intro to GIS, and Advanced GIS class. So, the students only need 1 book, and we supplement with other materials. I see Statistical Problem Solving in Geography hopefully doing a similar thing.

      As for some of your questions:

      1. I can make the answer key available to you – but, I do not want a Professor to copy my questions and then give them to the students – that’s sort of the point in publishing a book :-) I’ve kept the cost low so that it isn’t too much of a burden to the students.

      BTW, for Excel, I just show the students how to use in in lab – I find there is no need to purchase a book specifically on Excel, given there are so many free sources available on how to use Excel. Also, I use the Statistical Add-In package for Excel so they can do ANOVA, Regression, Correlation, Histograms, Descriptive Statistics, Two-sample tests (difference and matched pairs), etc.

      2. Yes. I am hoping to have a bunch of them done this summer while classes are no longer in session. I can do the Probability one as well. When that is done, I will let you know.

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