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Statistics for Research
With a Guide to SPSS

Third Edition


© 2011 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This fully updated edition of Statistics for Research explains statistical concepts in a straight-forward and accessible way using practical examples from a variety of disciplines. If you're looking for an easy-to-read, comprehensive introduction to statistics with a guide to SPSS, this is the book for you!

    This is the ideal textbook for any course in statistical methods across the health and social sciences and a perfect starter book for students, researchers and professionals alike.

     
    PART ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
     
    Variables and Their Measurement
     
    Setting up an SPSS Data File
     
    PART TWO: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: GRAPHS AND TABLES
     
    The Graphical Description of Data
     
    The tabular Description of Data
     
    Using Tables to Investigate the Relationship between Variables: Crosstabulations
     
    Measures of Association for Crosstabulations: Nominal Data
     
    Measures of Association for Crosstabulations: Ranked Data
     
    Multivariate Analysis of Crosstabs: Elaboration
     
    PART THREE: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: NUMERICAL MEASURES
     
    Measures of Central Tendency
     
    Measures of Dispersion
     
    The Normal Curve
     
    Correlation and Regression
     
    Multiple Regression
     
    PART FOUR: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS: TESTS FOR A MEAN
     
    Sampling Distributions
     
    Introduction to Hypothesis Testing and the One Sample z-Test for a Mean
     
    The One Sample t-Test for a Mean
     
    Inference Using Estimation and Confidence Intervals
     
    The Two Samples t-Test for the Equality of Means
     
    The f-Test for the Equality of More Than Two Means: Analysis of Variance
     
    The Two Dependent Samples t-Test for the Mean Difference
     
    PART FIVE: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS: TESTS FOR FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS
     
    One Sample Tests for a Binomial Distribution
     
    One Sample Tests for a Multinomial Distribution
     
    The Chi-Square Test for Independence
     
    Frequency Tests for Two Dependent Samples
     
    PART SIX: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS: OTHER TESTS OF SIGNIFICANCE
     
    Rank-Order Tests for Two or More Samples
     
    The t-Test for a Correlation Coefficient
     
    PART SEVEN: ADVANCED TOPICS
     
    Statistical Power
     
    Generating New Variables in SPSS: The Recode, Compute and Multiple Response Commands

    Supplements

    George Argyrous’ book is an invaluable resource to students taking introductory methods courses where SPSS is used, and I had much success and positive feedback when I included it on the syllabi of my quantitative methods and political analysis courses. It is a strong text for instructors who need an engaging textbook that covers the topics that constitute the core elements of undergraduate and postgraduate quantitative methods courses in the social sciences. A particular strength of this book is that it combines readable text on the basics of research design and quantitative methods with clear instructions on how to implement the material using the SPSS software program
    Thomas J. Scotto, Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex


    Statistics for Research: with a Guide to SPSS explains how to use some of the most common statistical tests using example relevant to the types of analyses undertaken by a wide range of social science researchers. The accompanying explanations of how to both undertake the tests using SPSS, and report the results appropriately, make the guide a comprehensive and ideal companion for researchers particularly those who are new to, or use quantitative methods infrequently

    Jane Wellens
    University of Nottingham


    The book is an excellent general statistics text, with the key advantage of using SPSS to illustrate the concepts. The book would be a good text for undergraduate students on a range of social science courses or postgraduate students taking Foundation Research Methods

    Steve Strand
    University of Warwick, British Journal of Educational Psychology


    This is a book that I wish I'd had on two occasions in my life; the first when I started statistics as a psychology undergraduate and the second, many years later, when I embarked upon a research degree in councelling and psychology. The author provides a logical introduction to applied statistics and research methodology, clearly and carefully linking the two. After demonstrating each relevant statistical technique 'by hand', using well-chosen examples from both the health and the social sciences, he then demonstrates how it can be carried out using SPSS... The book is accompanied by a companion website which provides valuable additional material both for the student and the lecturer. I can thoroughly recommend this book.

    Clive Sims
    Methodspace


    Quality text that provides students with a useful introduction and explanatory overview of statistical analysis & SPSS. Will be advising my students as a recommended text.

    Mr Philip Russell
    Department of Humanities, Tallaght Institute of Technology
    July 4, 2016

    The book covers most statistical concepts for beginners well. The examples and illustrations are good an easy to follow. However, it would a good self teaching tool if it had a a copy of the book as a CD +worked examples in CD as well for class illustration purposes.

    Mr Albert Chuma
    Mathematics, South Cheshire College
    March 10, 2015

    Very good book, although I liked the previous edition better!

    Dr Dick Heinhuis
    Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
    February 20, 2015

    Its a fantastic book for those who are getting accustomed to the SPSS software. Easy reading and understanding. Helps one to move step by step into statistical analysis.

    Dr Simy Mathew
    Growth & Development, College of Dentistry
    January 25, 2015

    Not sociological enough

    Ed Collom
    Sociology Dept, Univ Of So Maine-Portland
    February 3, 2014

    Excellent!

    Professor Johan Knoetze
    Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, University of Pretoria
    January 22, 2014

    A very clear and helpful guide to statistics

    Miss Jannine Van de Maat
    Department of Political Science, Leiden University
    September 4, 2013

    A good introductory book!

    Dr Olatunde Aremu
    School of Health and Bioscience, University of East London
    September 4, 2013

    Co Instructor chose a different text

    Dr Cheryl Jones
    Community Hlth Preven Med Dept, Morehouse School of Medicine
    June 3, 2013

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    Key features

    NEW TO THIS EDITION:

    • Clear explanations of all the main techniques of statistical analysis
    • A brand new student-friendly, easy-to-navigate design
    • Even more step-by-step screenshots of SPSS commands and outputs
    • An extensive glossary of terms, ideal for those new to statistics
    • End of chapter exercises to help you put your learning into practice
    • A new, fully updated companion website (www.uk.sagepub.com/argyrous3) with comprehensive student and lecturer resources including additional, discipline specific examples and online readings and Blackboard quizzes

    The new edition features:

    • Clear explanations of all the main techniques of statistical analysis

    • A brand new student-friendly, easy-to-navigate design

    • Even more step-by-step screenshots of SPSS commands and outputs

    • An extensive glossary of terms, ideal for those new to statistics

    • End of chapter exercises to help you put your learning into practice

    • A new, fully updated companion website (www.uk.sagepub.com/argyrous3) with comprehensive student and lecturer resources including additional, discipline specific examples and online readings and WebCT/Blackboard quizzes.


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