Interpreting Basic Statistics gives students valuable practice in interpreting statistical reporting as it actually appears in peer-reviewed journals.
New to the eighth edition:
The statistical exercises have been re-organized into units to facilitate ease of use and understanding.
About this book
Each of the 64 exercises gives a brief excerpt of statistical reporting from a published research article, and begins with guidelines for interpreting the statistics in the excerpt.
The questions on the excerpts promote learning by requiring students to
Each exercise covers a limited number of statistics, making it easy to coordinate the exercises with lectures and a main textbook.
The questions in each exercise are divided into two parts: (1) Factual Questions and (2) Questions for Discussion. The factual questions require careful reading for details, while the discussion questions show that interpreting statistics is more than a mathematical exercise. These questions require students to apply good judgment as well as statistical reasoning in arriving at appropriate interpretations.
This introduction to reading and understanding statistics is very basic and easy to understand, but at the same time it is scientifically oriented, contemporary in outlook and forward looking in methodology. It points students in exactly the right direction, emphasizing meaningful interpretation of scientific results over recitation of cookbook formulas. Students will come away with the tools they need for comprehending graphical analysis, effect size, and statistical power.
Eric Turkheimer, PhD, Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Unit I. Basic Descriptions of the Data: Measurement and Frequency
Unit II. Describing the Data
Unit III. Displaying Data: Visualizing What is There
Unit IV. Finding Relationships: Association and Prediction
Unit V. Testing Predictions with Normal Distributions
Unit VI. Nonparametric Tests for Group Differences
Unit VII. Test Construction