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Making Sense of Statistics

A Conceptual Overview, 6th Edition

By Fred Pyrczak

© 2017 – Routledge

178 pages

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Paperback: 9781936523276
pub: 2014-01-01
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• An overview of descriptive and inferential statistics without formulas and computations.

• Clear and to-the-point narrative makes this short book perfect for all courses in which statistics are discussed.

• Helps statistics students who are struggling with the concepts. Shows them the meanings of the statistics they are computing.

• This book is easy to digest because it is divided into short sections with review questions at the end of each section.

• Running sidebars draw students’ attention to important concepts.

Table of Contents

Part A: The Research Context

1. The Empirical Approach to Knowledge

2. Types of Empirical Research

3. Introduction to Sampling

4. Scales of Measurement

5. Descriptive, Correlational, and Inferential Statistics

Part B: Descriptive Statistics

6. Frequencies, Percentages, and Proportions

7. Shapes of Distributions

8. The Mean: An Average

9. Mean, Median, and Mode

10. Range and Interquartile Range

11. Standard Deviation

Part C: Correlational Statistics

12. Correlation

13. Pearson r

14. Coefficient of Determination

15. Scattergram

16. Multiple Correlation

Part D: Inferential Statistics

17. Variations on Random Sampling

18. Sample Size

19. Standard Error of the Mean

20. Introduction to the Null Hypothesis

21. Decisions About the Null Hypothesis

22. Introduction to the t Test

23. Reports of the Results of t Tests

24. One-Way ANOVA

25. Two-Way ANOVA

26. Chi-Square

27. Limitations of Significance Testing

28. Effect Size

Appendix A: Computation of the Standard Deviation

Appendix B: Notes on Interpreting Pearson r and Linear Regression

Appendix C: Table of Random Numbers

Appendix D: More About the Null Hypothesis

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology


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