Comprehending Behavioral Statistics

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2003 - Psychology - 544 pages
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Hurlburt's text offers an innovative approach to teaching and understanding statistics. Many students consider statistics their most intimidating subject, but Hurlburt uses a variety of learner-friendly approaches to help students to think clearly and confidently about statistical concepts. Students find his writing style inviting and clear; faculty find it exceptionally accurate and up to date. He provides a complete set of interactive audio/visual lectures (called "lectlets") to engage students who find that hearing enhances their comprehension. Hurlburt deftly employs repetition and a progressive, cumulative integration of concepts, so students build upon what they learn as they progress through the course. Hurlburt's unique "eyeball-estimation techniques," which garnered high praise in previous editions, helps students gain experience in making educated guesses! New to this edition, COMPREHENDING BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS, THIRD EDTION, includes a FREE Personal Trainer CD--This hands-on CD contains 43 interactive audio/visual lectures (called "lectlets") covering all the concepts in the text. Students use the lectlets to prepare for class, to clarify concepts they didn't understand in class, to substitute for a missed class, and to review for exams. The FREE Personal Trainer also includes ESTAT, Hurlburt's unique eyeball-estimation software, which enables students to make an educated guess about the magnitude of a statistic without the use of a calculator or statistical tables. ESTAT includes datagen, the easiest-to-use statistical computational software. The Personal Trainer CD also includes interactive electronic review and multiple choice quizzes. The Personal Trainer CD is a dynamic and useful "after-class tutor" for any student struggling with statistics.

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Contents

BRIEF CONTENTS CHAPTERS 1 Introduction
4
Variables and Their Measurement
14
Frequency Distributions
28
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Russell T. Hurlburt, Ph.D. has been at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1976. Prior to arriving at UNLV, he completed a clinical psychology internship at Connecticut's Newtown State Hospital. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota after a B.S. in engineering from Princeton. Hurlburt's areas of interest include the teaching of introductory statistics: Dr. Hurlburt has developed "eyeball estimation" techniques for comprehending the concepts of statistics, and he's incorporated them into his textbooks and computer-aided instructional programs. His clinical psychology and engineering backgrounds make him ideally situated to write about introductory statistics with accuracy and sensitivity. Dr. Hurlburt is also one of the pioneers of "thought sampling," the use of beepers to trigger the random sampling of thoughts and feelings in participants' own natural environments. He is the originator of the "descriptive experience sampling method," which provides qualitative, idiographic descriptions of inner experience.

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