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First Steps in Statistics is an introduction to the most common statistics used and taught on first-year research methods courses and is designed to map onto a ten- or fifteen-week module. Coverage includes:

  • descriptive statistics
  • t Tests
  • ANOVAs
  • correlations
  • regressions
  • Chi-Squared test
  • graphing data

Carefully chosen examples are used to illustrate each test, and there is particular care in conveying conceptual aspects. There are also special chapters dedicated to the role of hypothesis testing, sampling, and making graphs. Each chapter includes several exercises answers to which can be supplied free to adopters upon request. A list of further reading to guide the student comfortably through their first experience of doing basic statistics and playing with data is also provided. 

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This introduction to statistics covers preliminary concepts, graphing variables, the spread of a distribution, sampling and allocation, and inference and confidence intervals, as well as hypothesis testing, ANOVA, regression and correlation, robust alternatives for the tests and the correlation, and contingency tables, odds, and the 2 test. There are 10 pages of tables on the table, the normal () distribution, student's distribution, the distribution, and the 2 distribution. Learning features include chapter summaries and exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761951636
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/13/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introducing Statistics 1
2 Graphing Variables 13
3 The Spread of a Distribution 29
4 Sampling and Allocation 40
5 Inference and Confidence Intervals 51
6 Hypothesis Testing: Two t Tests 64
7 Comparing More than Two Groups: ANOVA 77
8 Regression and Correlation 92
9 Robust Alternatives for the t Tests and the Correlation 105
10 Contingency Tables, Odds and the [chi] [superscript 2] Test 117
App. A The r Table 130
App. B The Normal (z) Distribution 132
App. C Student's t Distribution 134
App. D The F Distribution 136
App. E The [chi] [superscript 2] Distribution 138
References 140
Index 144
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