In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand basic statistical concepts. 100 Questions (and Answers) About Statistics addresses the essential questions that students ask about statistics in a concise and accessible way. It is perfect for instructors, students, and practitioners as a supplement to more comprehensive materials, or as a desk reference with quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.
“The key strength of this book is the straightforward approach. I love the to-the-point question-and-answer format. . . . This book would be useful in both statistics and research methods courses . . . [and] in math tutoring labs. I love the tone the author uses, as it is not condescending. Students will be encouraged.”
—Jamie Brown, Mercer University
“The sequencing of the questions works very well—from the most basic to the more intimidating questions often asked by students in an intro class. . . . If Dr. Salkind is the author, I know it will be well-written, and both entertaining and easy to understand.”
—Linda Martinez, California State University, Long Beach
“Practical examples from all types of work: showing the steps to do each analysis and then the ways to use the results responsibly.”
—Jennifer R. Salmon, Eckerd College
About the Author
Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and taught for 35 years at the University of Kansas in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction and the focus was on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations; and wrote more than 100 trade and textbooks; and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (Sage), Theories of Human Development (Sage), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years.
Table of ContentsPart 1: Why Statistics?Part 2: Understanding Measures of Central TendencyPart 3: Understanding Measures of VariabilityPart 4: Illustrating DataPart 5: Understanding RelationshipsPart 6: Understanding Measurement and Its ImportancePart 7: Understanding the Role of Hypothesis in StatisticsPart 8: Understanding the Normal Curve and ProbabilityPart 9: Understanding the Concept of SignificancePart 10: Understanding Differences between GroupsPart 11: Looking at Relationships between VariablesPart 12: Other Statistical Procedures