CAST stands for Computer-Assisted Statistics Textbooks and consists of a collection of electronic textbooks (e-books). Three e-books cover material in introductory statistical methods courses with data and scenarios from different application areas. Other e-books teach more advanced topics.

• Dynamic graphics explain difficult concepts — most pages have animations, simulations or other dynamic displays.

• CAST is highly interactive to help keep interest and improve learning.

• The approach is data-focused with many data sets.

CAST can be used in a web browser or as a stand-alone version.

CAST was written by Doug Stirling, a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.