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Starting Statistics: A Short, Clear Guide

by Neil Burdess SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
02/2010
ISBN:
9781849200981
Format:
Pbk 200 pages
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Starting Statistics: A Simple Guide is an accessible, humorous and easy introduction to statistics for social science students. In this refreshing book, experienced author and academic Neil Burdess shows that statistics are not the result of some mysterious ‘black magic’, but rather the result of some very basic arithmetic.

Getting rid of confusing x’s and y’s, he shows that it’s the intellectual questions that come before and after the calculations that are important: What are the best statistics to use with your data? and What do the calculated statistics tell you? Statistics: A Simple Guide for Students aims to help students make sense of the logic of statistics and to decide how best to use statistics to analyse their own data. What’s more, it is not reliant on students having access to any particular kind of statistical software package.

This is a very useful book for any student in the social sciences doing a statistics course or needing to do statistics for themselves for the first time.

Welcome to Starting Statistics
PART ONE: MEASUREMENT
Introducing Measurement
Measuring Numbers
Measuring Categories
PART TWO: STANDARDIZATION
Introducing Standardization
Standardizing Categories
Standardizing Numbers
PART THREE: CORRELATIONS
Introducing Correlations
Correlations between Categories
Correlations between Numbers
PART FOUR: SAMPLING AND ESTIMATION
Introducing Sampling
Estimating Numbers
Estimating Categories
PART FIVE: HYPOTHESIS TESTING
Introducing Hypothesis Testing
Hypotheses about Categories
Hypotheses about Numbers
Hypotheses about Categories and Numbers

Neil Burdess is Senior Lecturer at the School of History Heritage and Society at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.