Applied Statistics for Public Policy

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M.E. Sharpe, 2006 - Mathematics - 536 pages
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This practical text provides students with the statistical tools needed to analyze data, and shows how statistics can be used as a tool in making informed, intelligent policy decisions. The authors' approach helps students learn what statistical measures mean and focus on interpreting results, as opposed to memorizing and applying dozens of statistical formulae. The book includes more than 500 end-of-chapter problems, solvable with the easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet application developed by the authors. This template allows students to enter numbers into the appropriate sheet, sit back, and analyze the data. This comprehensive, hands-on textbook requires only a background in high school algebra and has been thoroughly classroom-tested in both undergraduate and graduate level courses. No prior expertise with Excel is required. A disk with the Excel template and the data sets is included with the book, and solutions to the end-of-chapter problems will be provided on the M.E. Sharpe website.
  

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Contents

What Is Statistics All About?
3
Using POLYSTAT to Do Statistical Analysis
14
Presentation of Data
32
Summarizing Data and Using Descriptive Statistics
70
Theory and Applications
111
Sampling and the Normal Distribution
128
Appendix
141
The Central Limit Theorem
161
Validating Hypotheses About a Single Population Proportion
305
Validating Hypotheses About Two Population Proportions
321
Comparing More Than Two Population Means with ANOVA
341
Comparing More Than Two Proportions Using the ChiSquare Test
372
Determining Relationships for Two Variables Using Correlation
397
Measuring Relationships with Simple Regression Analysis
426
Measuring Multivariate Relationships with Regression Analysis
462
Planning Statistical Research
484

Introduction to Inferential Statistics
187
Estimating Means Proportions and Sample Size with Confidence
213
Validating a Hypothesis About a Population Mean Using a Sample
241
Validating Hypotheses Between Two Population Means
270
Key Formulas
512
Index
521
About the Authors
536
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