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Answering Questions With Statistics

Answering Questions With Statistics

October 2011 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Finally, an introductory statistics text that provides broad coverage, limited theory, clear explanations, plenty of practice opportunities, and examples that engage today's students!

Using General Social Survey data from 1980 and 2010, this textbook asks students to consider how young adults have changed over the last 30 years. Students learn to select an appropriate data analysis technique, carry out the analysis, and draw conclusions.

About the Author
Part 1. Getting Started
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Data Sets
Part 2. Descriptive Statistics: Answering Questions About Your Data
Chapter 3. Frequency Tables and Univariate Charts
Chapter 4. Central Tendency and Dispersion
Chapter 5. Creating New Variables
Chapter 6. Comparing Group Means
Chapter 7. Crosstab Tables
Chapter 8. Nominal and Ordinal Measures of Association
Chapter 9. Pearson's Correlation and Bivariate Regression
Chapter 10. Multiple Regression
Part 3. Inferential Statistics: Answering Questions About Populations
Chapter 11. Sampling Distributions and Normal Distributions
Chapter 12. Hypothesis Testing and One-Sample t Tests
Chapter 13. Paired- and Independent-Samples t Tests
Chapter 14. Analysis of Variance
Chapter 15. Chi-Square
Chapter 16. Hypothesis Testing With Measures of Association and Regression

“This is a very student-friendly text. The author has succeeded in writing a basic statistics text that is inviting rather than off-putting.”

Michael J. Handel
Northeastern University

“Accessible and approachable, this book makes a conscious effort to appeal to contemporary social science students who may not have a strong affinity for mathematics.”

Meena Chary
University of South Florida

“I truly value the ease with which the author conveys oftentimes confusing and scary information to students.”

Noelle E. Fearn
Saint Louis University

“Those looking for a full integration of the theory of statistics and its application (through SPSS) will find no better book that this one.”

Steven G. Prus
Carleton University

“The text proceeds in a logical order, building upon what was covered earlier. This is one of its strong suits: it presents the topics in a logical, practical order. It also covers the necessary statistics.”

Charles N. Coleman
University of New Haven

far too simplistic and too much emphasis on SPSS

Dr Craig McBride
Interdis Arts & Sciences Prog, Univ Of Washington-Tacoma
February 21, 2014

Still under review

Dr Mark Malisa
School Of Education, College of St Rose
August 22, 2013

Ordered for Library. Solid book, but not the exact fit that I was looking for.

Dr John Hedgcock
GSTILE, Monterey Institute of International Studies
June 29, 2013

Not exactly what I needed. It is a good book

Dr Marie Leiner
Psychiatry Dept, Texas Technology University Health Science - El Paso
June 4, 2013

This book explains in laymen manner about the application of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics in social science research. Excellent for those who want an instant knowledge about statistics.

Dr Mohd Ali Samsudin
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia
May 23, 2013
Key features

Key Features

  • Uses an engaging research question to tie chapters together and motivate students to work through end-of-chapter practice problems
  • Offers broad coverage of statistics with minimal statistical theory, helping students understand the statistics in social science literature
  • Fully integrates SPSS into the text and practice problems, with step-by-step explanations and plentiful screenshots
  • Covers the essential concepts from research methods that are critical for learning data analysis
  • Provides a simple four-step procedure for hypothesis testing and facilitates learning by repetition throughout the chapters

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