Using Statistics: A Gentle Introduction: A Gentle Guide

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McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Oct 1, 2007 - Education - 137 pages
Written in an informal style, this book guides the reader gently through the field from the simplest descriptive statistics to multidimensional approaches. It's written in an accessible way, with few calculations and fewer equations, for readers from a broad set of academic disciplines ranging from archaeology to zoology.
 

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Decent introduction and discussions on various pitfalls

Contents

Chapter 1 Some introductory concepts
1
Chapter 2 Measurement theory
15
Chapter 3 Descriptive statistics
20
Chapter 4 Patterns in data and presentation of data
25
the role of knowledge representation
46
some observations on probability theory
53
some introductory thoughts
68
Chapter 8 Nonparametric statistics
77
Chapter 11 Multidimensional statistics
108
Chapter 12 Some general considerations
117
Appendix
124
Bibliography
127
Glossary and useful concepts
129
Sources of quotations at the beginning of each chapter
132
Index
133
Back cover
138

Chapter 9 Correlations
89
Chapter 10 Parametric statistics
100

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Gordon Rugg is a former field archaeologist and English lecturer turned computer scientist, who is now head of the Knowledge Modelling Group at Keele University. His research includes software evaluation, mediaeval cryptography, the origins of handedness and training needs analysis for store detectives. He is co-author, with Marian Petre, of The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research (Open University Press, 2004) and A Gentle Guide to Research Methods (Open University Press, 2007).

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