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Statistics Alive!

Statistics Alive!

Second Edition

July 2010 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Based on years of first-hand teaching experience, Wendy J. Steinberg has created Statistics Alive!, the most user-friendly statistics text for students in the social and behavioral sciences, now in its Second Edition. This textbook includes topics such as frequency distributions, hypothesis formation, and inferential statistics and bivariate regression. Effect size and power, often shortchanged in other textbooks, each get substantive treatment. Students are well prepared for a next course in statistics.

Key Features

  • Modular treatment allows students to master prescribed chunks of information.
  • Strong pedagogy throughout includes learning objectives, key terms, and "Check Yourself!" questions.

New to the Second Edition

  • Twice as many chapter exercises.
  • Final module on multiple regression and the General Linear Model.
  • SPSS point-and-click instructions and screen shots of the output for all in-text examples.
  • Descriptive dispersion solutions shown using both N and n-1 denominators, to accommodate any instructor's preference.
  • A more comprehensive Student Study Guide and Instructor Resource Guide.
List of Figures
List of Tables
Supplemental Material for Use With Statistics Alive!
About the Author
Part I. Preliminary Information: "First Things First"
1. Math Review, Vocabulary, and Symbols
2. Measurement Scales
Part II. Tables and Graphs: "On Display"
3. Frequency and Percentile Tables
4. Graphs and Plots
Part III. Central Tendency: "Bull's-Eye"
5. Mode, Median, and Mean
Part IV. Dispersion: "From Here To Eternity"
6. Range, Variance, and Standard Deviation
Part V. The Normal Curve and Standard Scores: "What's the Score?"
7. Percent Area and the Normal Curve
8. z Scores
9. Score Transformations and Their Effects
Part VI. Probability: "Odds Are"
10. Probability Definitions and Theorems
11. The Binomial Distribution
Part VII. Inferential Theory: "Of Truth and Relativity"
12. Sampling, Variables, and Hypotheses
13. Errors and Significance
14. The z Score as a Hypothesis Test
Part VIII. The One-Sample Test: "Are They From Our Part of Town?"
15. Standard Error of the Mean
16. Normal Deviate Z Test
17. One-Sample t Test
18. Interpreting and Reporting One-Sample t: Error, Confidence, and Parameter Estimates
Part IX. The Two-Sample Test: "Ours Is Better Than Yours"
19. Standard Error of the Difference Between the Means
20. t Test With Independent Samples and Equal Sample Sizes
21. t test With Unequal Sample Sizes
22. t Test With Related Samples
23. Interpreting and Reporting Two-Sample t: Error, Confidence, and Parameter Estimates
Part X. The Multisample Test: "Ours Is Better Than Yours or Theirs"
24. ANOVA Logic: Sums of Squares, Partitioning, and mean Squares
25. One-Way ANOVA: Independent Samples and Equal Sample Sizes
Part XI. Post Hoc Tests: "So Who's Responsible?"
26. Turkey HSD Test
27. Scheffé Test
Part XII. More Than One Idependent Variable: "Double Dutch Jump Rope"
28. Main Effects and Interaction Effects
29. Factorial ANOVA
Part XIII. Nonparametric Statistics: "Without Form or Void"
30. One-Variable Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
31. Two-Variable Chi-Square: Test of Independence
Part XIV. Effect Size and Power: "How Much Is Enough?"
32. Measures of Effect Size
33. Power and the Factors Effecting It
Part XV. Correlation: "Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go"
34. Relationship Strength and Direction
35. Pearson r
36. Correlation Pitfalls
Part XVI. Linear Prediction: "You're So Predictable"
37. Linear Prediction
38. Standard Error of Prediction
39. Introduction to Multiple Regression
Part XVII. Review: "Say It Again, Sam"
40. Selecting the Appropriate Analysis
Appendix A: Normal Curve Table
Appendix B: Binomial Table
Appendix C: t Table
Appendix D: F Table (ANOVA)
Appendix E: Studentized Range Statistic (for Tukey HSD)
Appendix F: Chi-Square Table
Appendix G: Correlation Table
Appendix H: Odd Solutions Texbook Exercises

Course is actually PSY 2335 Statistics for Professional Practice.

Textbook has good review of algebra. Layout is not crowded. It is designed so that non-statistics and even non-psychology majors can find it easy to deal with. Good exercises and examples. Does not appear too daunting for the non-traditional student.

Dr Edith Bogue
Psychology & Sociology Dept, College Of St Scholastica
January 30, 2015

The chapters and content were easy to digest.

Dr Myeshia Price
Psychology Dept, Suny College At Old Westbury
October 31, 2014

Statistics Alive! is student-friendly and relatively inexpensive.

Professor Kristine Eyssell
Psychology, University Of Baltimore
April 2, 2014

This text provided a user-friendly and easy to follow approach for a mixed class of undergraduate students.

Dr Karim Letwinsky
Education Dept, University Of Scranton
March 18, 2014

Excellent book. It was good for the education and psychology graduate students in the course.

Dr George Wimberly
Statistics, Bowie State University
January 3, 2013

To have a common textbook across 3 instructors. Short chapters. Readability.

Dr Michael Biderman
Psychology , University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
August 20, 2012

Easy to understand and lost of exercises!

Professor Carrie Perry
Business Administration Dept, California State University - Fullerton
August 1, 2012

This did not work for the class but I am using it as a resource for additional examples and quiz questions.

Dr Jean Bronk
Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, St Mary's University - Twin Cities
May 28, 2012

It was great! Very easy to understand and very well written!

Dr Ali Boolani
Sports and Health Sciences and Sports Management, American Military University
January 2, 2012

It provides adequate depth of the subject matter without scaring off some of my math phobic students.

Mr Dan DePaulo
Psychology Dept, Rutgers University
September 8, 2011
Key features
  • The Lay-flat Paperback Format makes doing assignments from the book easier for the student.
  • Text content is presented in Short Modules allowing students to digest subject matter in manageable chunks and allowing instructors more flexibility in the assignment of material.
  • Learning Objectives and Check Yourself! Questions provide guideposts that students can use to orient themselves and assess their readiness to move on and tackle new material.
  • Practice Exercises dispersed throughout the text, in the student study guide, and online provide students with ample opportunity to master concepts and formulas.

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