Statistics Translated: A Step-by-Step Guide to Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Statistics Translated: A Step-by-Step Guide to Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Statistics Translated: A Step-by-Step Guide to Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Written in a humorous and encouraging style, this text shows how the most common statistical tools can be used to answer interesting real-world questions, presented as mysteries to be solved. Engaging research examples lead the reader through a series of six steps, from identifying a researchable problem to stating a hypothesis, identifying independent and dependent variables, and selecting and interpreting appropriate statistical tests. All techniques are demonstrated both manually and with the help of SPSS software. The book provides students and others who may need to read and interpret statistically based research with the essential knowledge and skills needed to make decisions based on data.

 

Useful pedagogical features include:

*Checklists of key words and formulas in every chapter.

*Examples of SPSS screenshots used for analyzing data.

*Cautionary notes plus “Putting It All Together” section recaps.
*End-of-chapter self-quizzes (with full answers and explanations).

*Glossary of terms.

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  1. Ally Martin "Ally" said,

    Wrote on May 10, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easy to Understand. Great Reference., April 20, 2012
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    Dr. Terrell’s book is written in a clear, easy style. It’s well organized, and each chapter starts with a quick background, and an example of why a particular statistical technique would be useful. Using the example, the particular method is explained step by step. Dr. Terrell shows how to do the calculations manually, as well as how to do them using statistical software. Additional examples describe variations or how to use different techniques in different cases. It’s very easy, and you don’t need an advanced math degree to understand it. It’s a great reference for any researcher, anyone in a doctoral program, or anyone who needs to use statistics in their job.

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on May 10, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

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    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I cannot recommend this book., April 26, 2012
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    Ally Martin “Ally” (Carbondale, IL United States) –

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    I just received this book and have not been able to read the entire thing. However, I opened to two spots at random and found two errors: The first had to do with the interpretation of the mode as a measure of central tendency. As most know, the mode is the most often occurring score in a distribution. The example given was a distribution of sex in which there were more women (n = 7) than men. The author reported the mode of this distribution as 7. The correct answer would have been that the modal sex was female. The mode is the score which appeared most often, not its frequency. The number 7 appears nowhere in a distribution made up entirely of Ms and Fs. This is a common mistake but one we hope not to see in a book purported to give expert advice on statistics. The second error was in referring to an analysis involving more than one independent variable as a multivariate analysis. A multivariate analysis involves more than one dependent variable (or variate); the proper term would have been a factorial analysis, because it involves more than one factor, another name for independent variable.

    I gave the book 2 stars because I have not read it all. These may be 2 isolated errors. After I finish reading I will go back and revisit my review.

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