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Social Statistics

Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results, 3rd Edition

By Thomas J. Linneman


642 pages | 217 B/W Illus.

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With a clear and engaging writing style and strong examples from the real world, this text covers current statistical techniques at an introductory level and emphasizes the clear presentation of results to a variety of audiences, making the course more useful to students and their careers. Interconnection features among chapters help students understand how all of the techniques fit together. Using varied data sets, the text features a highly rated companion website that includes videos of the author offering step-by-step explanations of how to carry out the techniques, interpret the results, and present them to varied audiences.


  • More inter-chapter connections have been added to improve students’ conceptual learning.
  • Several examples (on immigration, health, and civil rights) now permeate the text for easy comparison of techniques across chapters.
  • The section on managing data is considerably expanded to cover topics such as finding new sources of data, dealing with missing data, and how to combine data reliably.
  • Very current examples from the scholarly literature from criminology, education, and health show how researchers use each chapter’s techniques to tell compelling stories.
  • Instructors can choose from a variety of greatly expanded materials to enhance their lectures: engaging animations of key concepts; dynamic demonstrations of how statistics change in line with the data; short lectures on difficult-to-explain topics; and in-class exercises that will help students learn how to make sense of statistical results.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Life in a Data-Laden Age: Finding and Managing Datasets

Chapter 2: The Art of Visual Storytelling: Creating Accurate Tables and Graphs

Chapter 3: Summarizing Center and Diversity: Basic Descriptive Statistics

Chapter 4: Using Sample Crosstabs to Talk About Populations: The Chi-square Test

Chapter 5: Using a Sample Mean or Proportion to Talk About a Population: Confidence Intervals

Chapter 6: Using Multiple Sample Means to Talk About Populations: T-Tests and ANOVA

Chapter 7: Give Me One Good Reason Why: Bivariate Correlation and Regression

Chapter 8: Using Sample Slopes to Talk About Populations: Inference and Regression

Chapter 9: It’s All Relative: Dichotomies as Independent Variables in Regression

Chapter 10: Above and Beyond: The Logic of Controlling and the Power of Nested Regression Models

Chapter 11: Some Slopes are Bigger than Others: Calculating and Interpreting Beta Coefficients

Chapter 12: Different Slopes for Different Folks: Interaction Effects

Chapter 13: Explaining Dichotomous Outcomes: Logistic Regression

Chapter 14: Visualizing Causal Stories: Path Analysis

Chapter 15: Questioning the Greatness of Straightness: Nonlinear Relationships

Chapter 16: Problems and Prospects: Regression Diagnostics, Advanced Techniques, and Where to Go Now

Appendix A: Variables and Indexes from the Datasets Used in the End-of-Chapter Exercises

Appendix B: 100 Articles That Use Statistics in Less than Scary Ways

Appendix C: Statistical Tables

Appendix D: Answers to Odd-Numbered End-of-Chapter Exercises



About the Author

Thomas J. Linneman is Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has won several teaching awards for his rigorous and innovative courses.

About the Series

Sociology Re-Wired

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General