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Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

ISBN-10: 076192776X
ISBN-13: 9780761927761
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Neil J. Salkind
List price: $48.95
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Book details

List price: $48.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Downloadable data sets: http://www.soe.ku.edu/faculty/Salkind/stats_fpwhs/ Click 'Additional Materials' for downloadable sample chapters The bestselling text Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics teaches an often intimidating and difficult subject in a way that is informative, personable, and clear. Researchers and students who find themselves uncomfortable with the analysis portion of their work will appreciate this books unhurried pace and thorough, friendly presentation. Salkind takes students through various statistical procedures, beginning with correlations and graphical representation of data and ending with inferential techniques and analysis of variance. In addition, there is coverage of SPSS (and data sets for hands-on experience), and a review of more advanced statistical techniques, such as reliability, validity, introductory non-parametric statistics, and more. Pedagogical features include sidebars offering additional technical information about the topic and set-off points that reinforce major themes. Finally, questions to chapter exercises and a complete glossary are located at the back of the book. Throughout the book, Salkind offers readers: - Difficulty Rating Index for each chapters material - Tips for doing and thinking about a statistical technique - Top Ten for everything from the best ways to create a graph to the mosteffective techniques for data collection - Tech Talk boxes for readers who want additional details and commentary on statistical procedures - Things to Remember offer readers reviews and reminders of how material presented earlier relates to a technique being presented - Steps that break statistical techniques down into a clear sequence of procedures - SPSS Tips for executing each major statistical technique - Time to Practice exercises at the end of each chapter, followed by complete solutions to each problem - Appendices contain an introduction to SPSS as well as data sets (also available online) used in the completion of chapter exercises and end-of-chapter problems Praise for the First Edition "I liked its humorous approach, which indeed helps to reduce statistical anxiety. The design of the book is inviting and relaxing, which is a plus. The writing style is great and the presentation is appropriate for my students. A fun and well-written book, it is easy to read and use, and presents statistics in a user-friendly way. . . . I would recommend it for sure." --Dr. Minjuan Wang, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, San Diego State University "Salkinds book is in a class by itself. It is easily the best book of its kind that I have come across. I enthusiastically recommend it for any one interested in the subject, and even (and especially) for those who arent!" --Professor Russ Shafer-Landau, University of Wisconsin "Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics really makes students learn and enjoy statistics and research in general. Students especially like the Ten Commandments and Internet sites." --Professor Valerie Janesick, School of Education, Roosevelt University "Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics is definitely the righ

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development. After teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and research in education, where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations, written more than 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, letterpress print using 1820s technology, bake brownies (see the Excel version of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics for the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

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Statistics or Sadistics: It's up to You
Sigma Freud and Descriptive Statistics
Means to an End: Computing and Understanding Averages
Vive la Difference: Understanding Variability
A Picture Really is Worth a Thousand Words
Ice Cream and Crime: Computing Correlation Coefficients
Predicting Who'll Win the Superbowl: Using Linear Regression
Taking Chances for Fun and Profit
Hypotheticals and You: Testing Your Questions
Are Your Curves Normal? Probability and Why it Counts
Significantly Different: Using Inferential Statistics
Significantly Significant: What it Means for You and Me
t(ea) for Two: Tests Between the Means of Different Groups
t(ea) for Two (Again): Tests Between the Means of Related Groups
Two Groups Too Many? Try Analysis of Variance
Cousins or Just Good Friends? Testing Relationships using the Correlation Coefficient
What to Do When You're Not Normal: Chi-Square and Some Other Nonparametric Tests
Some Other (Important) Statistical Procedures You Should Know About
A Statistical Software Sampler
Ten Things You'll Want to Know and Remember
The Ten Best Internet Sites for Statistics Stuff
The Ten Commandments of Data Collection
Ten Question Practice Tests
SPSS in Less Than 30 Minutes
Tables
Data Sets
Glossary
Index

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