Essential Quantitative Methods

For Business, Management and Finance

by Les Oakshott

Table of contents

I. MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS

  1. Revision mathematics
  2. Keeping up with change: index numbers

II. COLLECTING AND INTERPRETING DATA

  1. Collecting data: surveys and samples
  2. Finding patterns in data: charts and tables
  3. Making sense of data: averages and measures of spread

III. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

  1. Taking a chance: probability
  2. The shape of data: probability distributions
  3. Interpreting with confidence: analysis of sample data
  4. Checking ideas: testing a hypothesis
  5. Cause and effect: correlation and regression

IV. DECISION-MAKING TECHNIQUES

  1. How to make good decisions
  2. Choosing wisely: investment appraisal
  3. Forecasting: time series analysis
  4. Making the most of things: linear programming
  5. Planning large projects: network analysis
  6. Managing stock levels: materials management and inventory
    control