Discovering Statistics Using SPSS

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SAGE Publications, Jan 21, 2009 - Psychology - 821 pages
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Written in his vivid and entertaining style, Andy Field provides students with everything they need to understand, use and report statistics—at every level—in the Third Edition of Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. Retaining the strong pedagogy from previous editions, he makes statistics meaningful by including playful examples from everyday student life (among other places), creating a gateway into the often intimidating world of statistics. In the process, he presents an opportunity for students to ground their knowledge of statistics through the use of SPSS.

 

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This book is overly long and verbose. As a student I found it difficult to read and to review the material for exams and assignments. The author includes much irrelevant material from his childhood including photos of homelife, and lame attempts at humour in a comic-book style of text. He uses 'characters' to explain some of the concepts - such as Labcoat Lenni, Jane Superbrain - but doesn't make it clear why this approach would suit adults or anyone trying to get a clear and concise explanation of stats. Because of the irrelevant and useless material, it is a chore to plough through the book to find the genuine material in a quick and easy manner. Instead of padding the book out with juvenile diversions, the author should have provided more summaries of the material in a manner that would make the study of the work more memorable and accessible.
This is a really bad book and I certainly recommend people look elsewhere for a more rewarding learning experience.
 

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Easy language, easy to understanding, very applied. I actually read the second edition and some chapters of the third edition and I enjoyed!

Contents

1 Why is my evil lecturer forcing me to learn statistics?
1
2 Everything you ever wanted to know about statistics well sort of
31
3 The SPSS environment
61
4 Exploring data with graphs
87
5 Exploring assumptions
131
6 Correlation
166
7 Regression
197
8 Logistic regression
264
14 Mixed design ANOVA GLM 5
506
15 Nonparametric tests
539
16 Multivariate analysis of variance MANOVA
584
17 Exploratory factor analysis
627
18 Categorical data
686
19 Multilevel linear models
725
Life After Discovering Statistics
779
Glossary
781

9 Comparing two means
316
ANOVA GLM 1
347
11 Analysis of covariance ANCOVA GLM 2
395
12 Factorial ANOVA GLM 3
421
13 Repeatedmeasures designsGLM 4
457
Appendix
797
References
809
Index
816
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About the author (2009)

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods. His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats, and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife ZoŽ and Fuzzy the cat.

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