Elementary Statistics in Social Research

ISBN-10: 0205459587

ISBN-13: 9780205459582

Edition: 10th 2006 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $149.00
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Jack Levin is the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches courses in the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, most recently Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers-Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. Levin has also published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2009, he received a major award from the American Sociological Association for his contributions to the public understanding of sociology. Also in 2009, he received the Apple Award from the New England Sociological Association for his contributions to teaching. Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has written 18 books, including his newest, Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool Through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He also writes an online column for the Boston Globe?s website. Fox often gives keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court. He has briefed various leaders here and abroad, including President Clinton, Attorney General Reno, and Princess Anne of Great Britain. He has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases and served as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on homicide patterns and trends. Finally, Fox was honored in 2007 by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty with the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship and by Northeastern University with the 2008 Klein Lectureship.

Why the Social Researcher Uses Statistics
The Nature of Social Research
Why Test Hypotheses?
The Stages of Social Research
Using Series of Numbers to Do Social Research
Functions of Statistics
Looking at the Larger Picture: A Student Survey
I
Organizing the Data
Frequency Distributions of Nominal Data
Comparing Distributions
Proportions and Percentages
Ratios and Rates
Simple Frequency Distributions of Ordinal and Interval Data
Grouped Frequency Distributions of Interval Data
Cumulative Distributions
Percentile Ranks
Dealing with Decimal Data
Flexible Class Intervals
Cross-Tabulations
Graphic Presentations
Measures of Central Tendency
The Mode
The Median
The Mean
Taking One Step at a Time
Comparing the Mode, Median, and Mean
Obtaining the Mode, Median, and Mean from a Simple Frequency Distribution
Obtaining the Mode, Median, and Mean from a Grouped Frequency Distribution
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Mode, Median, and Mean for Raw Scores
Measures of Variability
The Range
The Mean Deviation
The Variance and Standard Deviation
The Raw-Score Formula for Variance and Standard Deviation
The Meaning of the Standard Deviation
Comparing Measures of Variability
Obtaining the Variance and Standard Deviation from a Simple Frequency Distribution
Obtaining the Variance and Standard Deviation from a Grouped Frequency Distribution
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Variance and Standard Deviation for Raw Scores
Looking at the Larger Picture: Describing Data
From Description To Decision Making
Probability and the Normal Curve
Rules of Probability
Probability Distributions
The Normal Curve as a Probability Distribution
Characteristics of the Normal Curve
The Model and the Reality of the Normal Curve
The Area Under the Normal Curve
Standard Scores and the Normal Curve
Finding Probability Under the Normal Curve
Obtaining Percentile Ranks from the Normal Curve
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Probability Under the Normal Curve
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Percentile Ranks from the Normal Curve
Samples and Populations
Sampling Methods
Sampling Error
Sampling Distribution of Means
Standard Error of the Mean
Confidence Intervals
The t Distribution
Estimating Proportions
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Confidence Interval for the Mean Using z
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Confidence Interval for the Mean Using t
Step-by-Step Study Guide: Confidence Interval for the Proportion
Looking at the Larger Picture: Generalizing from Samples to Populations
III
Testing Differences Between Means
The Null Hypothesis: No Difference Between Means
The Research Hypothesis: A Difference Between Means
Sampling Distribution of Differences Between Means
Testing Hypotheses with the Distribution of Differences Between Means
Levels of Significance
Standard Error of the Difference Between Means
Testing the Difference Between Means
Comparing the Same Sample Measured Twice
Two Sample Tests of Proportions
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