Understanding Social Statistics: A Students Guide to Navigating the Maze

Paperback | February 6, 2015

byLance W. Roberts, Jason Edgerton, Tracey Peter

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Accessible and illuminating, this text is both a map and toolkit for successfully navigating the maze of social statistics. A five-step learning model, applied to each statistical technique, introduces key concepts in plain language; explains how to perform calculations manually; providesspecific descriptions of how to use statistical software such as SPSS; offers practice questions to solidify understanding; and gives guidance on interpreting results.

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Accessible and illuminating, this text is both a map and toolkit for successfully navigating the maze of social statistics. A five-step learning model, applied to each statistical technique, introduces key concepts in plain language; explains how to perform calculations manually; providesspecific descriptions of how to use statistical ...

Lance W. Roberts is a professor in the sociology department and a fellow of St. John's College at the University of Manitoba. For more than three decades he has taught undergraduate and graduate methods and statistics courses and is the author of several books and dozens of journal articles on topics related to social trends, ethnic r...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.71 inPublished:February 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart One: General Orientation1. The Location and Limits of Quantitative Analysis2. The Logic of Social Statistics3. Calculations and ComputersPart Two: Univariate Analysis4. Introducing Univariate Analysis5. Measures of Central Tendency6. Measures of Dispersion7. Charts and Graphs8. The Normal CurvePart Three: Bivariate Analysis9. Understanding Relationships10. Bivariate Tables11. Scatterplot Analysis12. Proportional Reduction in Error Statistics13. Statistics for Categorical Relationships14. Statistics for Continuous ConnectionsPart Four: Multivariate Analysis15. Taking Additional Variables into Account16. The Elaboration Model17. Multiple RegressionPart Five: Sampling and Inference18. Samples and Populations19. Point Estimates, Confidence Intervals, and Confidence Levels20. Hypothesis Testing21. Various Significance TestsEpilogue: A Few Final WordsAppendix A: Chi-Square TableAppendix B: The Student's t-TableAppendix C: Areas Under the Normal CurveAnswer KeyGlossaryNotesReferencesIndex

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"I applaud the focus on calculations. . . . I also like the overall organization and the pace." --Jean Andrey, University of Waterloo