Statistics with a Sense of Humor: A Humorous Workbook & Guide to Study Skills, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Statistics with a Sense of Humor

A Humorous Workbook & Guide to Study Skills, 2nd Edition

By Fred Pyrczak

© 1999 – Routledge

136 pages

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•We’ve added a comprehensive basic math review to this edition. It will get your students off to a good start in statistics.

• In the worksheets, students obtain answers to humorous riddles if their work is correct. If the answer to a riddle does not make sense, they know to check their work.

• Easy to coordinate with all major statistics textbooks because each exercise covers only a limited number of statistics.

• All major topics are included—from calculating percentages to conducting a one-way ANOVA.

• Over 40 humorously illustrated, interactive guides give your students solid advice on study skills covering everything from how to get the most out of a statistics textbook to how to work with a tutor.

• The 64-page instructor’s answer key shows all the steps in the solutions for the computational problems. This key makes it easy for you to start using the workbook right away.

• This book has been a perennial best-seller. Minor adjustments throughout bring you an improved Second Edition for 1999.

Table of Contents


1. Math Review: Order of Operations

2. Math Review: Negatives

3. Math Review: Rounding

4. Math Review: Decimals

5. Math Review: Fractions and Decimals

6. Math Review: Algebraic Manipulations

7. Frequency Distribution and Cumulative Frequencies

8. Polygon

9. Three Averages: Computations

10. Medians from Frequency Distributions

11. Averaging Means

12. Averages: Concepts

13. Range, Standard Deviation, and Variance

14. Unbiased Estimate of Standard Deviation

15. Standard Deviation: Concepts

16. Quartile Deviation

17. Standard Scores

18. Transformed Standard Scores

19. Areas Under the Normal Curve: I

20. Areas Under the Normal Curve: II

21. Areas Under the Normal Curve: III

22. Percentile Ranks

23. Pearson r: Computations

24. Pearson r: Interpretation: I

25. Pearson r: Interpretation: II

26. Spearman’s Rank-Order Correlation

27. Multiple Linear Correlation: Two Predictors

28. Linear Regression

29. Linear Regression and Standard Error of Estimate

30. Descriptive and Correlational Concepts: Review

31. Probability

32. Sampling Concepts

33. Standard Error of the Mean

34. Confidence Interval for the Mean: Large n

35. Confidence Interval for the Mean: Small n

36. Null Hypothesis and Types of Errors

37. z Test: Population Mean Known

38. t Test: Independent Data: I

39. t Test: Interpretation

40. t Test: Independent Data: II

41. t Test: Independent Data: III

42. t Test: Dependent Data: I

43. t Test: Dependent Data: II

44. t Test: Dependent Data: III

45. Significance of the Difference Between Variances: I

46. Significance of the Difference Between Variances: II

47. Significance of a Pearson r

48. One-Way ANOVA: I

49. One-Way ANOVA: II

50. One-Way ANOVA: III

51. Chi Square: Goodness of Fit

52. Chi Square: Homogeneity and Independence: I

53. Chi Square: Homogeneity and Independence: II

54. Wilcoxon’s Matched-Pairs Test: I

55. Wilcoxon’s Matched-Pairs Test: II

56. Mann-Whitney U Test: I

57. Mann-Whitney U Test: II

58. Nonparametric and Parametric Tests: Concepts

59. Course Review: Classification of Statistics

60. Course Review: Vocabulary

Key to Odd-Numbered Items

Appendix A: Basic Math Review

Study Skills

Read the Introduction to the Textbook

Calculator Tips

Mental Estimates of Answers

Exchange Phone Numbers

Uses of Statistics

Study Group in Statistics

Graph Paper

Tutor in Statistics

Study Cards

Stumped by a Formula?

Active Listening

Examine Data Before Computing

Absent from Class?

Class Notes in Statistics

Review of Study Skills: I

Computer Tips

Anxiety and Stress in Statistics

Goals for Study Sessions

Mental Estimates: Pearson r

Weekend Study: Time and Goals

Recognizing Unreasonable Answers

Exam Preparation

Upper-case, Lower-case Symbols

Vocabulary in Statistics

Computers: Textbook Example

Helping Other Students

Understanding Ratios and Fractions

Asking Questions in Class

Preparing for an Office Visit

Structure and Sequence in Statistics

Review of Study Skills: II

Reading a Textbook on Statistics

Pencils and Highlighter

Timed Tests in Statistics: I

Finding Careless Errors

Reviewing Class Notes

Time Management

Organizing Materials

Final Exam Preparation

Greek Letters

Timed Tests in Statistics: II

Decision Making and Statistics


Course Review

Effort vs. Luck

No Magic Solutions

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology


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