Applying Social Statistics: An Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning in Sociology

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This book on introductory social statistics focuses on how statistical techniques are applied in sociological research. In addition to the usual range of topics in descriptive and inductive statistics (frequency, central tendency, dispersion, confidence intervals, significance testing, and correlation and regression), it includes essays and exercises that illustrate the close connection between sociological theory and practice, on one hand, and quantitative reasoning, on the other. Extensive SPSS and Internet applications are included.

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Dr. E. Andreas Tomaszewski
Unlike most statistics textbooks, this text has 'Solution Centered Applications' of statistics as central components, helping students understand how statistics can be applied to real-life problems. The author's ability to explain even complex issues in a straightforward manner makes this text perfect for students new to (and afraid of) statistics and is equally useful for those needing a refresher.
Raouf Hanna
Weinstein uses his passion for statistics and applied sociology to turn the natural anxiety of most elementary statistics students into enthusiasm for quantitative reasoning. The narrative is coherent and the material is presented cumulatively; ideas that are introduced early in the text are revisited in later sections. The writing style is clear and student-friendly, and every major topic is illustrated with examples, tables, and figures. Every formula and equation is carefully explained. This book will fill an existing gap in current texts dealing with applied social statistics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742563735
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Weinstein is professor of sociology at Eastern Michigan University. A former president of the Society for Applied Sociology, he is the author of a number of articles and books, including Social Change: Third Edition.

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Table of Contents

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1 Statistics and Sociology: Computation and Application 1

Pt. I An Overview of Applied Social Statistics 13

2 Statistics: What It Is and Why Sociologists Use It 15

3 Measurement in Sociology: Quantity, Quality, and Social Aggregates 31

Pt. II Tools and Techniques of Description 55

4 Frequency Distributions and Public Sociology 57

5 Central Tendency in Microsociology 97

6 Dispersion and the Analysis of Social Deviance 117

Pt. III The Logic of Statistical Induction 145

7 Generalizations and Social Justice 147

8 Induction: Using Sample Means in the Study of Diversity 187

9 Hypothesis Testing: The Foundation of Sociological Theory 215

Pt. IV Bivariate Applications: Using Induction and Association in Sociological Research 231

10 Two Sample t-Tests and an Application to the Study of Altruism 233

11 Comparing Three or More Samples in Small-Group Research 257

12 Association and Induction in Qualitative Sociology: From Private Problems to Public Issues 277

13 Correlation Description and Induction in Comparative Sociology 297

14 Regression Description and Induction in the Sociological Study of Globalization 325

15 Supplemental Material Online at

App. A Tables 359

App. B Subscripts, Summation, and Scientific Notation 371

App. C Answers to Selected Practice Quizzes 375

App. D Formulas Used in This Book 381

Notes 387

References 397

Index 401

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