# Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research

Oxford University Press, 2014 - Medical - 455 pages
Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research is a clear and direct introduction to statistics for the social, behavioral, and life sciences. Based on the author's extensive experience teaching undergraduate statistics, this book provides a narrative presentation of the core principles that provide the foundation for modern-day statistics. With step-by-step guidance on the nuts and bolts of computing these statistics, the book includes detailed tutorials how to use state-of-the-art software, SPSS, to compute the basic statistics employed in modern academic and applied research. Across 13 succinct chapters, this text presents statistics using a conceptual approach along with information on the relevance of the different tools in different contexts and summaries of current research examples.

Students should find this book easy useful and engaging in its presentation while instructors should find it detailed, comprehensive, accessible, and helpful in complementing a basic course in statistics.

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### Contents

 Why Do I Need to Learn Statistics? 1 chapter 2 Describing a Single Variable 15 chapter 3 Standardized Scores 48 chapter 4 Correlation 65 chapter 5 Statistical Prediction and Regression 91 chapter 6 The Basic Elements of Hypothesis Testing 115 chapter 7 Introduction to Hypothesis Testing 139 chapter 8 Hypothesis Testing if N 1 167
 chapter 13 Chi Square and HypothesisTesting with Categorical Variables 305 Appendix A 325 Cumulative Standardized Normal Distribution Critical Values of t 329 Critical Values of F 331 Critical Values of 2 Chi Squared Distribution Critical Values of X2 335 Appendix E 337 Advanced Statistics to Be Aware of Appendix F Using SPSS 345 Glossary 383

 chapter 9 Statistical Power 185 chapter 10 ttests OneSample and WithinGroups 219 chapter 11 The BetweenGroups ttest 247 chapter 12 Analysis of Variance 277
 Answers to Set B Homework Problems 389 References 449 Index 451 Copyright