ISBN-10:
1412974968
ISBN-13:
2901412974966
Pub. Date:
01/20/2010
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Statistical Persuasion / Edition 1

Statistical Persuasion / Edition 1

by Robert W. Pearson

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Overview

Statistical Persuasion / Edition 1

This textbook focuses attention on the conceptual understanding of statistics, the signposts of (in)appropriate research design and quality measurement, the selection of the right statistical tools under different conditions, and the presentation of substantive and technical results.

Key features:

  • Illustrates statistical and graphical procedures in SPSS and Excel through step-by-step instructions for the analysis of real-world examples and data problems in education, crime, government performance, and program evaluation
  • Clearly demonstrates the importance of sound research designs and measurement as well as appropriate statistical procedures
  • Shows how to make persuasive as well as principled statistical arguments and presentations to nonacademic audiences
  • Embeds statistical analysis within a political framework, thus alerting students to the temptation to distort data and their interpretation, the limits of dispassionate analysis, and the conditions under which sounds analysis can inform decisions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901412974966
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/20/2010
Edition description: NE
Pages: 405
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1. Introduction
2. Research Design and Data Collection
3. Measurement
4. Data Editing, Transformation, Index Construction, and Weights
5. Statistics as Description
6. Charts and Graphs
7. Percentages and Contingency Tables
8. Samples and Statistical Inference
9. Statistics as Group Differences
10. Statistics as Relationships
11. Regression Analysis
12. Detecting and Correcting Violations of Regression Assumptions
13. Time Series Analysis, Program Assessment, and Forecasting
14. Presenting Persuasive Statistical Analyses
APPENDIX A: FROM WHENCE DO DATA COME? KEY STATISTICAL SITES FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
APPENDIX B: HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT STATISTICS
APPENDIX C: IN-CLASS QUESTIONNAIRE
REFERENCES

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