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Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics

Three Volume Set

© 2007 | 1 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The study of measurement and statistics can be less than inviting. However, in fields as varying as education, politics, and health care, assessment and the use of measurement and statistics have become integral parts of almost every activity undertaken. These activities require the organization of ideas, the generation of hypotheses, the collection of data, and the interpretation, illustration, and analysis of data. No matter where educated people look, this critical analysis is more important than ever in an age where information—and lots of it—is readily available.   

The ideas and tools contained in the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics are approachable and can be invaluable for understanding a very technical world and the increasing flow of information. Although there are references that cover statistics and assessment in depth, none provides as comprehensive a resource in as focused and accessible a manner as the three volumes of this Encyclopedia. Through approximately 500 contributions, experts provide an overview and an explanation of the major topics in these two areas.  

Key Features
  • Covers every major facet of these two different, but highly integrated disciplines—from mean, mode, and median to reliability, validity, significance, correlation, and much more—all without overwhelming the informed reader
  • Offers cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of Psychology, Education, Sociology, Human Development, Political Science, Business and Management, Public Health, and others 
  • Provides cross-reference terms, further readings, and Web site URLs following most entries, as well as an extensive set of appendices and an annotated list of organizations relevant to measurement and statistics

Appendices Features

  • Appendix A is a guide to basic statistics for those readers who might like an instructional step-by-step presentation of basic concepts in statistics and measurement
  • Appendix B is a table of critical values used in hypothesis testing and an important part of any reference in this area
  • Appendix C represents a collection of some important and useful measurement and statistics Internet sites 

A primary goal of creating this set of volumes is to open up the broad discipline of measurement and statistics to a wider and more general audience than usual. Edited by bestselling author Neil J. Salkind, this Encyclopedia is specifically designed to appeal to beginning and intermediate-level students, practitioners, researchers, and consumers of information. It is a welcome addition to any academic library.

"The Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics presents state-of-the-art information and ready-to-use-facts from the fields of measurement and statistics in an un-intimidating style. The ideas and tools contained in theses pages are approachable and can be invaluable for understanding our very technical world and the increasing flow of information. Although there are references that cover statistics and assessment in depth, none provides as comprehensive a resource in as focused and accessible a manner as the two volumes of this encyclopedia. Through approximately 500 contributions, experts provide an overview and an explanation of the major topics in these two areas."

Karen Hemmes

"Since all students grapple daily with research that has components of statistics and/or measurements, they will find this tool to be a solid choice. In 1,100 pages, the encyclopedia succinctly defines more than 600 concepts. The index is easy to use and has appropriate cross-referencing. The style is good technical writing, understandable to generalists or undergraduates. This is a strong candidate for all reference collections serving the general public and undergraduates. Highly recommended."

J. M. Robson
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Key features
Cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of psychology, education , sociology, human development, political science, business and management, public health, and more; A Preface will spell out the scope, rationale, and audience for the word; Foreward from a prominent measurement specialist; An A to Z organization with a Reader's Guide in the beginning, to organize entries around themes or specific topics that will guide users to areas of interest; Cross-reference terms, brief listing of further readings, and stable website URLs (a "webliography") will follow most entries whenever appropriate; An extensive set of appendices to include a list of Further Readings, an annotated list of organizations relevant to measurement and statistics, all the standard statistical tables (t-distribution, F-table, normal [z] distribution, chi-square, etc.), and sample tests and measurement models; Written by the best-selling author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics and the forthcoming Tests and Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests and Measurements for beginning students and practitioners or researchers who need a "refresher".

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