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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

Very good book, ideally pitched for undergraduates to get to grips with. Enough detail to inform the reader but not too much to put off.

I would recommend adding more on different group and paired comparisons though. The procedure for different ANOVAs and MANOVAs is very different and one that many students struggle with. Maybe in the second edition?

Mr John Perry
Sport, Health, Leisure and Nutrition, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
April 22, 2013

It is easy to understand.

Professor Becky Thomas
School Of Social Work, University of Akron
April 18, 2013

It was determined this book did not meet the needs of the course.

Dr Sandra Kapoor
Collins College, California State Polytechnic - Pomona
February 13, 2013

This title offers a clear presentation of statistical techniques without hand-calculation, which is more in line with an "authentic tasks" orientation to the material. SPSS instruction is tied nicely into the text and is exceptionally clear and concise. I am loving using this book. It took so much of the stress out of teaching statistics to Sociology majors who tend to be math-phobic.

Professor Kristin Kenneavy
Sch Of Social Sci Human Svcs, Ramapo College
November 26, 2012

This decision was taken with the biostats prefessor. We need a book that is more oriented toward medical students, using medical issues and problems.

Dr Tania Arana
Medical Education, Texas Technology University Health Science - El Paso
November 1, 2012

Not using at this time, but will consider use with advanced students in future semesters.

Dr Annette Nelligan
College Of Educ Human Develop, University of Maine
October 10, 2012

still considering it for next year, but decided to use Agresti & Finlay's Statistical Methods for the Social Scineces instead, as it is more comprehensive.

Dr Bella Marckmann
Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School
October 1, 2012

like Salkind better

Dr T Alexander
Social Sciences Div, Texas Wesleyan University
September 27, 2012

This is a well-written textbook. It explains the statistics in a very easy to understand. However there are lots of examples that international students might not understand.

Dr Özgür Arun
Gerontology, Akdeniz University
August 6, 2012

Highly recommended. Layout not busy and support commentary with application

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
July 28, 2012
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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