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Statistics in Plain English: Second Edition
Synopses & Reviews
Statistics in Plain English, 2/e provides a brief, simple overview of statistics to help readers gain a better understanding of how statistics work and how to interpret them correctly. It presents brief explanations of statistical concepts and techniques in simple, everyday language. Each self-contained chapter consists of three sections. The first describes the statistic, including how it is used and what information it provides. The second section reviews how it works, how to calculate the formula, the strengths and weaknesses of the technique, and the conditions needed for its use. The final section provides examples that use and interpret the statistic. A glossary of terms and symbols is also included.
New features in the second edition include:
* an interactive CD with PowerPoint presentations and problems for each chapter including an overview of the problem's solution;
* new chapters on basic research concepts including sampling, definitions of different types of variables, and basic research designs and one on nonparametric statistics;
* more graphs and more precise descriptions of each statistic; and
* a discussion of confidence intervals.
This brief paperback is an ideal supplement for statistics, research methods, courses that use statistics, or as a reference tool to refresh one's memory about key concepts. The actual research examples are from psychology, education, and other social and behavioral sciences.
Book News Annotation:
Written to calm students' fears about statistics, this text presents clear, brief explanations of several statistical concepts and techniques. Each self-contained chapter has three sections. The first describes the statistic. The second reviews how it works and how to calculate it and analyzes the technique. The third provides examples that use and interpret the statistic. New features in this second edition are an interactive CD; new chapters on basic research concepts and nonparametric statistics; additional graphs; and a discussion of confidence intervals.
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"Statistics in Plain English, 2/e" provides a brief, simple overview of statistics to help readers gain a better understanding of how statistics work and how to interpret them correctly. It presents brief explanations of statistical concepts and tec
About the Author
Tim Urdan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Since 2001, he has served on the editorial board for Contemporary Educational Psychology and the Journal of Educational Psychology. He conducts research on adolescent development, motivation, and classroom environments.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Introduction to Social Science Research and Terminology. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Variability. The Normal Distribution. Standardization and z Scores. Standard Errors. Statistical Significance, Effect Size, and Confidence Intervals. Correlation. t Tests. One-Way Analysis of Variance. Factorial Analysis of Variance. Repeated-Measures Analysis of Variance. Regression. The Chi Square Test of Independence. Appendices.
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