Statistics for the Social Sciences

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SAGE, 2006 - Mathematics - 610 pages
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Do your students lack confidence in their ability to handle quantitative work? Are they unsure about how best to use SAS, SPSS, and Excel programs? The new edition of the bestselling textbook Statistics for the Social Sciences is the solution. The previous editions of this book were popular with instructors because they helped build students' confidence and ability in doing statistical analysis, by slowly moving from concepts that require little computational work to those that require more. In this new edition, author R. Mark Sirkin demonstrates how statistics can be used so that the students come to appreciate their usefulness rather than fearing them.Key Features of the Third Edition:''- An emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of data giving students a feel for how data interpretation is related to the methods by which the data was obtained- A wide range of examples from various fields in the social sciences demonstrate the role of statistical analysis in the research process- Coverage of the scientific method and how each statistical technique relates to the larger field of research - Emphasis on the interpretation of tables helping students master a topic that often proves challenging- Plenty of exercises are provided at the end of chapters so that students can practise all the statistical procedures covered- Answers to selected questions appear at the end of the book with complete worked-out solutions- Additional exercises have been added to reflect the additional computer coverage- User-friendly ways of navigating the text - key concepts are introduced and highlighted within the text, with definitions provided in boxes at the foot of each page- A handy glossary of all the the key concepts and terms in provided at the back of the book as an aid to revision- New tools to teach students how to do analysis not only through SAS and SPSS, but also using Excel descriptive statistics featuresThis book will be invaluable for upper level undergraduate students and graduate students across the social sciences. An Instructor's CD-ROM containing data sets, Powerpoint slides, exercises and answers will be available free-of-charge to professors adopting this text.
 

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Contents

Levels of Measurement and Forms of Data
33
Defining Variables
63
Measuring Central Tendency
83
Measuring Dispersion
127
Constructing and Interpreting Contingency Tables
149
Statistical Inference and Tests of Significance
191
Probability Distributions
225
TwoSample t Tests
271
Correlation and Regression Analysis
443
Additional Aspects
497
Significance of r
506
Multiple Correlation and
516
The Standardized Partial Regression Slope
528
Computer Applications
538
Proportions of Area
561
Glossary
587

OneWay Analysis of Variance
317
Measuring Association in Contingency Tables
359
The ChiSquare Test
397

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Areas of Expertise: Contemporary Middle East, especially Arab-Israel Relations Quantitative Methods

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