Social Statistics for a Diverse Society / Edition 6

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Overview

The new edition of this bestselling text continues to emphasize intuition and common sense, while demonstrating the link between the practice of statistics and important social issues. The authors help students learn key sociological concepts through real research examples related to the dynamic interplay of race, class, gender, and other social variables.

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Editorial Reviews

Maria Karepova
This is a good book offering a very clear narrative. I believe it would be quite useful for students who are just starting to engage in statistical analysis. I think the strength of the book is definitely its structure – which is really good (I teaching the same order) and also the relative simplicity of explanations. I think this is a good BA level book. I also believe international MA students who have not engaged in any quantitative analysis may find it useful. I find the boxes with explanations very helpful and the illustrative pictograms make the statistical concept more visual and understandable. I would not adopt it as a core book for MA, but will include it in a list of suggested readings. The only issue I have is the relevance of the US examples to the British context where I teach. I think the irrelevance of the context might deter students from reading it. I think I will adopt some of the visual ways (boxes and graphs) to represent stats – perhaps in my lecture slides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412992534
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 574
  • Sales rank: 140,377
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the co-author of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (with David Nachmias), and Essentials of Social Statistics (with Anna Leon-Guerrero).

Anna Leon-Guerrero is Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She teaches courses in statistics, social theory, and social problems. She is a recipient of the university's Faculty Excellence Award and the K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research. She received her Ph D in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the author of Social Problems: Community, Policy and Social Action.

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Table of Contents

1. The What and the Why of Statistics
2. Organization of Information: Frequency Distributions
3. Graphic Presentation
4. Measures of Central Tendency
5. Measures of Variability
6. The Normal Distribution
7. Sampling and Sampling Distributions
8. Estimation
9. Testing Hypotheses
10. Relationships Between Two Variables: Cross-Tabulation
11. The Chi-Square Test
12. Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal Variables
13. Regression and Correlation
14. Analysis of Variance

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