Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

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Written for people who want to learn or brush-up on the basics of statistics but question their abilities, this book offers a step-by-step introduction to the topic. The book begins with an introduction to the language of statistics and then covers descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Throughout, the author offers readers:

- Difficulty Rating Index for each chapter′s material

- Tips for doing and thinking about a statistical technique

- Top tens for everything from the best ways to create a graph to the most effective techniques for data collection

- Steps that break techniques down into a clear sequence of procedures

- SPSS tips for executing each major statistical technique

- Practice exercises at the end of each chapter, followed by worked out solutions.

The book concludes with a statistical software sampler and a description of the best Internet sites for statistical information and data resources. Readers also have access to a website for downloading data that they can use to practice additional exercises from the book. Students and researchers will appreciate the book′s unhurried pace and thorough, friendly presentation.

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About the Author:

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains as 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 and the focus was 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 letterpress print (see https://sites.google.com/site/bigboypressofks/ for more), read, swim with the Lawrence River City Sharks, bake brownies (see the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com/The_Brown.html), and poke around old Volvos and old houses

Review:

"This book speaks to students!" 

(Lewis H. Margolis)

"A well written, well organized and understandable introduction to statistical reasoning, use, and what meaning they may have... the reader will have a much better grasp of statistics and a better ability to consume social science research."

(Ralph Underwager, Institute for Psychological Therapies)

"As a well written, well organized, and understandable introduction to statistical reasoning, use and what meaning they may have, the reader will gain a much better grasp of statistics and have better ability to consume social science research." (Ralph Underwager 2006-03-08)

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