Statistics for the Social Sciences / Edition 3

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Overview

Popular in previous editions, this Third Edition continues to help build students' confidence and ability in doing statistical analysis by slowly moving from concepts that require little computational work to those that require more. Author R. Mark Sirkin once again demonstrates how statistics can be used so that students come to appreciate their usefulness rather than fear them. Statistics for the Social Sciences emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of data to give students a feel for how data interpretation is related to the methods by which the information was obtained.

Incl. levels of measurement & forms of data/constructing & interpreting contingency tables/measuring central tendency.

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Editorial Reviews

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New edition of an introductory statistics text geared toward students majoring in the social sciences. Fourteen chapters emphasize the analysis and interpretation of data in terms of its relationship to the methods by which the data was obtained. They also cover the interpretation of tables as well as the scientific method and how each statistical technique relates to the larger field of research. In addition, it shows how to perform the computations using SAS and SPSS programs and how to read and interpret the computer printouts. Paper edition (unseen), $43.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Evaluation and Research in Education
"This book ensures first that the process is understood and second that the role of the computer is integrated into analysis by using computer printouts for students to work with. . . It is valuable. I recommend it to my students and use it as a reference text myself." — Christine Howard
Evaluation and Research in Education - Christine Howard
"This book ensures first that the process is understood and second that the role of the computer is integrated into analysis by using computer printouts for students to work with. . . It is valuable. I recommend it to my students and use it as a reference text myself."
Holly S. Gimpel
"The exercises are excellent. I think the use of real examples gives relevancy and meaning to the concepts."
Steve Seitz
"The author takes great effort to walk students through concepts with both discussion and illustration."
Jerome McKean
"The author’s clear, concise writing style is one of the strengths of the book. He does a very good job of breaking down complex ideas into their simpler components and presenting the information to the reader."
Jerome Mc Kean
"The author’s clear, concise writing style is one of the strengths of the book. He does a very good job of breaking down complex ideas into their simpler components and presenting the information to the reader."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412905466
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 458,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Areas of Expertise:

Contemporary Middle East, especially Arab-Israel Relations Quantitative Methods

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Table of Contents

1. How We Reason KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION SETTING THE STAGE SCIENCE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD TESTING HYPOTHESES FROM HYPOTHESES TO THEORIES TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS ASSOCIATION AND CAUSATION THE UNIT OF ANALYSIS CONCLUSION EXERCISES
2. Levels of Measurement and Forms of Data KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION MEASUREMENT NOMINAL LEVEL OF MEASUREMENT ORDINAL LEVEL OF MEASUREMENT LIKERT SCALES SCORES VERSUS FREQUENCIES INTERVAL AND RATIO LEVELS OF MEASUREMENT TABLES CONTAINING NOMINAL LEVEL OF MEASUREMENT CONCLUSION EXERCISES
3. Defining Variables KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION GATHERING THE DATA OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS INDEX AND SCALE CONSTRUCTION VALIDITY RELIABILITY CONCLUSION EXERCISES
4. Measuring Central Tendency KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION CENTRAL TENDENCY THE MEAN THE MEDIAN USING CENTRAL TENDENCY THE MODE INTERPRETING GRAPHS CENTRAL TENDENCY AND LEVELS OF MEASUREMENT SKEWNESS OTHER GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
5. Measuring Dispersion KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION VISUALIZING DISPERSION THE RANGE THE MEAN DEVIATION THE VARIANCE AND STANDARD DEVIATION THE COMPUTATIONAL FORMULAS FOR VARIANCE VARIANCE AND STANDARD DEVIATION FOR DATA IN FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
6. Constructing and Interpreting Contingency Tables KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION CONTINGENCY TABLES REGROUPING VARIABLES GENERATING PERCENTAGES INTERPRETING CONTROLLING FOR A THIRD VARIABLE PARTIAL TABLES CAUSAL MODELS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CONCLUSION EXERCISES
7. Statistical Inference and Tests of Significance KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION WHAT IS STATISTICAL INFERENCE?
RANDOM SAMPLES COMPARING MEANS THE TGEST STATISTIC PROBABILITIES DECISION MAKING DIRECTIONAL VERSUS NONDIRECTIONAL ALTERNATIVE HYPOTHESES (ONE-TAILED VERSUS TWO-TAILED TESTS)
CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
8. Probability Distributions and One-Sample z and t Tests KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION NORMAL DISTRIBUTIONS THE ONE-SAMPLE z TEST FOR STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE THE CENTRAL LIMIT THEOREM THE NORMALITY ASSUMPTION THE ONE-SAMPLE t TEST DEGREES OF FREEDOM THE t TABLE AN ALTERNATIVE t FORMULA A z TEST FOR PROPORTIONS INTERVAL ESTIMATION CONFIDENCE INTERVALS FOR PROPORTIONS MORE ON PROBABILITY PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONS CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
9. Two-Sample t Tests KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION INDEPENDENT SAMPLES VERSUS DEPENDENT SAMPLES THE TWO-SAMPLE t TEST FOR INDEPENDENTLY DRAWN SAMPLES ADJUSTMENTS FOR SIGMA-HAT SQUARED (^ 2)
INTERPRETING A COMPUTER-GENERATED t TEST COMPUTER APPLICATIONS THE TWO-SAMPLE t TEST FOR DEPENDENT SAMPLES STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE VERSUS RESEARCH SIGNIFICANCE STATISTICAL POWER CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
10. One-Way Analysis of Variance KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION HOW ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE IS USED ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE IN EXPERIMENTAL SITUATIONS F – AN INTUITIVE APPROACH ANOVA TERMINOLOGY THE ANOVA PROCEDURE COMPARING F WITH t ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE WITH EXPERIMENTAL DATA POST HOC TESTING COMPUTER APPLICATIONS TWO-WAY ANALYSIS FOR VARIANCE CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
11. Measuring Association in Contingency Tables KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION MEASURES FOR TWO-BY-TWO TABLES MEASURES FOR n-BY-n CURVILINEARITY OTHER MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION INTERPRETING AN ASSOCIATION MATRIX CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
12. The Chi-Square Test KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION THE CONTEXT FOR THE CHI-SQUARE TEST OBSERVED VERSUS EXPECTED FREQUENCIES USING THE TABLE OF CRITICAL VALUE OF CHI-SQUARE CALCULATING THE CHI-SQUARE VALUE YATES’ CORRECTION VALIDITY OF CHI-SQUARE DIRECTIONAL ALTERNATIVE HYPOTHESES TESTING SIGNIFICANCE OF ASSOCIATION MEASURES CHI-SQUARE AND PHI COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
13. Correlation and Regression Analysis KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION THE SETTING CARTESIAN COORDINATES THE CONCEPT OF LINEARITY LINEAR EQUATIONS LINEAR REGRESSION COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CORRELATION MEASURES FOR ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES
14. Additional Aspects of Correlation and Regression Analysis KEY CONCEPTS PROLOGUE AND INTRODUCTION STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR r AND b SIGNIFICANCE OF r PARTIAL CORRELATIONS AND CAUSAL MODELS MULTIPLE CORRELATION AND THE COEFFICIENT OF MULTIPLE DETERMINATION MULTIPLE REGRESSION THE STANDARDIZED PARTIAL REGRESSION SLOPE USING A REGRESSION PRINTOUT STEPWISE MULTIPLE REGRESSION COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CONCLUSION SUMMARY OF MAJOR FORMULAS EXERCISES Appendix 1: Proportions of Area Under Standard Normal Curve Appendix 2: Distribution of t Appendix 3: Critical Values of F for p = .05
Appendix 4: Critical Values of Chi-Square Appendix 5: Critical Values of the Correlation Coefficient Answers to Selected Exercises Index About the Author

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    It was vague, confusing, and wordy. Very hard to follow or make

    It was vague, confusing, and wordy. Very hard to follow or make sense of the math formulas. NOT a great read!

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