The Essentials of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research / Edition 3

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Healey's practical, easy-to-follow book explains the basics of statistics, emphasizing practical application and skill development rather than complicated math. The text's numerous study tools help you review concepts and prepare for examinations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111829568
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/30/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 267,926
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph F. Healey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Christopher Newport University. He is author of THE ESSENTIALS OF STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, Third Edition (Cengage Learning, 2013); DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY, Fourth Edition (Sage, 2012); RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS, Sixth Edition (Pine Forge Press, 2010). He is also co-editor with York Bradshaw of SOCIOLOGY FOR A NEW CENTURY (Pine Forge, 2001) and co-author with Earl Babbie and Fred Halley of EXPLORING SOCIAL ISSUES: USING SPSS FOR WINDOWS (Sage, 2009). Dr. Healey earned his A.B. and M.A. from The College of William and Mary (sociology and anthropology) and Ph.D. from University of Virginia (sociology and anthropology). In his spare time, he plays and records music for hammer dulcimer and banjo.
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Table of Contents

Preface Prologue: Basic Mathematical Review. 1. Introduction. Part I: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS. 2. Basic Descriptive Statistics: Percentages, Ratios and Rates, Frequency Distributions, Charts and Graphs. 3. Measures of Central Tendency. 4. Measures of Dispersion. 5. The Normal Curve. Part II: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS. 6. Introduction to Inferential Statistics, the Sampling Distribution, and Estimation. 7. Hypothesis Testing I: The One-Sample Case. 8. Hypothesis Testing II: The Two-Sample Case. 9. Hypothesis Testing III: The Analysis of Variance. 10. Hypothesis Testing IV: Chi Square. Part III: BIVARIATE MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION. 11. Introduction to Bivariate Association and Measures of Association for Variables Measured at the Nominal Level. 12. Association Between Variables Measured at the Ordinal Level. 13. Association Between Variable Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level. Part IV: MULTIVARIATE TECHNIQUES. 14. Partial Correlation and Multiple Regression and Correlation. Appendix A: Area Under the Normal Curve. Appendix B: Distribution of t. Appendix C: Distribution of Chi Square. Appendix D: Distribution of F. Appendix E: Using Statistics: Ideas for Research Projects. Appendix F: An Introduction to SPSS for Windows. Appendix G: Code Book for the General Social Survey. Appendix H: Glossary of Symbols. Answers to Odd-Numbered Computational Problems. Glossary. Index.

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