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Interpreting Basic Statistics: A Guide and Workbook Based on Excerpts from Journal Articles / Edition 3

Interpreting Basic Statistics: A Guide and Workbook Based on Excerpts from Journal Articles / Edition 3

by Taylor and Francis


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• Students get valuable practice in interpreting statistical reporting as it actually appears in journals. In each of the 62 exercises, your students will read a brief excerpt of statistical reporting from a published research article.

• Each exercise begins with guidelines for interpreting the statistics in the excerpt.

• The questions on the excerpts promote learning by requiring students to

· interpret information in tables and figures,

· perform simple calculations to further their interpretations,

· critique data-reporting techniques, and

· evaluate procedures used to collect data.

• Each exercise covers a limited number of statistics, making it easy for you to coordinate the exercises with lectures and a main textbook.

• The questions in each exercise are divided into two parts: (1) Factual Questions and (2) Questions for Discussion. The factual questions require careful reading for details, while the discussion questions show students that interpreting statistics is more than a mathematical exercise. These questions require them to apply good judgment as well as statistical reasoning in arriving at appropriate interpretations.

• Thirteen new exercises interspersed throughout show how to interpret a greater array of statistical reporting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884585395
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Editionvii
1.Exposure of Youth to Violence: Percentage: I1
2.Food Sources of Homeless Adults: Percentage: II4
3.Opiate Addicts Seeking Treatment: Frequency Distribution with Percentages7
4.Changes in the Incidence of Asthma: Alternatives to Percentages and Proportions10
5.Drug Usage Trends: Time Series Line Graph14
6.Television Viewing, Books, and Reading: Histogram17
7.Monthly Suicide Rates Line Graph with Rate per 100,00020
8.Norms for a Spelling Test Cumulative Percentage and Percentile Rank23
9.Penalties for Providing Alcohol to Minors Mean, Median, and Range26
10.Injection Drug Users and HIV Median and Interquartile Range: I29
11.Adolescent Physical Abuse and Suicide Median and Interquartile Range: II32
12.Nutrition of College Students and Nonstudents Mean and Standard Deviation35
13.Self-Reported Height and Weight Mean, Standard Deviation, and 68% Rule38
14.College Students' Procrastination Mean, Standard Deviation, and Approximate 95% and 99.7% Rules41
15.Sense of Humor and Creativity Mean, Standard Deviation, and Precise 95% and 99% Rules44
16.Problems of Students Absent from School T Score47
17.Cooperation and Friendship: Effect Size50
18.Measuring Functional Abilities of the Elderly: Scattergram53
19.Relationships Among Social Variables: Correlation Coefficient57
20.Academic Self-Efficacy and Social Goals: Correlation Coefficient and Coefficient of Determination: I60
21.New Parents Project: Correlation Coefficient and Coefficient of Determination: II63
22.Predicting College GPA: Multiple Correlation66
23.Dieting, Age, and Body Fat: Linear Regression69
24.Excerpts on Sampling: Bias in Sampling72
25.Treatment of Depression and Anxiety: Standard Error of the Mean and 95% Confidence Interval75
26.Social Traits of Hearing-Impaired Students: Standard Error of the Mean and 68%, 95%, and 99% Confidence Intervals78
27.Sexual Harassment in the Navy: t Test for Independent Groups: I81
28.Gender Differences in Computing: t Test for Independent Groups: II84
29.Empathy Among Undergraduates: t Test for Independent Groups: III87
30.Therapy for Users of Illicit Drugs: t Test for Dependent Groups90
31.Correlates of Fathering Behaviors: Significance of a Correlation Coefficient: I93
32.Workaholism: Significance of a Correlation Coefficient: II96
33.Extracurricular Activities and Dropping Out: One-Way ANOVA99
34.Gender and Age Differences in Fears: One-Way ANOVA with Confidence Intervals102
35.Effectiveness of Assertiveness Training: Two-Way ANOVA: I105
36.Aggression, Gender, and Ethnicity: Two-Way ANOVA: II108
37.Admitting to Gun Ownership: Standard Error of a Percentage and 95% Confidence Interval111
38.Cutting Class and Other Behaviors: Chi Square: I114
39.Status of Women Inmates: Chi Square: II117
40.Barriers to Birth Control Use: Chi Square: III120
41.Depression and Nonverbal Cues: Mann-Whitney U Test123
42.Effectiveness of an AIDS Prevention Program: Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Test126

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