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Statistics in Context

First Edition

Barbara Blatchley

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780190278953

696 pages
Hardcover
8 x 10 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $158.95

An accessible text for the stats-wary student, combining uncomplicated explanations with practical examples drawn from everyday life

Description

Statistics in Context offers a fresh approach to teaching statistics. Designed to reduce students' fear of numbers, the text aims to put statistics-wary readers at ease with uncomplicated explanations and practical examples drawn from real research and everyday life. Written in lively, accessible prose, the narrative describes the who, what, when, where, and why, and also the how, of statistics.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

* "Everyday Statistics" boxes examine practical applications and relate them to the themes of the chapter
* "The Historical Context" features tell the story of how different statistical procedures developed
* "CheckPoint "exercises give students the chance to review the material and assess their understanding at the end of each section
* "Think About It" boxes challenge students to apply what they have learned to a difficult problem
* A variety of figures, tables, and worked examples guide students step by step through the calculations described in the text
* Abundant end-of-chapter practice problems give students many opportunities to test their mastery of the procedures described in the text
* The "Using Statistical Software" supplement teaches students how to perform statistical analysis using either SPSS or R

Features

  • Everyday Statistics" boxes examine practical applications and relate them to the themes of the chapter
  • The Historical Context" features tell the story of how different statistical procedures developed
  • CheckPoint "exercises give students the chance to review the material and assess their understanding at the end of each section
  • Think About It" boxes challenge students to apply what they have learned to a difficult problem
  • A variety of figures, tables, and worked examples guide students step by step through the calculations described in the text
  • Abundant end-of-chapter practice problems give students many opportunities to test their mastery of the procedures described in the text
  • The "Using Statistical Software" supplement teaches students how to perform statistical analysis using either SPSS or R

About the Author(s)

Barbara Blatchley is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College. She currently teaches courses in Research Statistics, Foundations of Neuroscience, and Sensation and Perception. Professor Blatchley is the author of numerous research articles in Biological Psychology and Neuroscience and several short essays on scientists during the Age of Enlightenment.

Reviews

"The author's approach is appealing because of the emphasis on accessibility, relevance and context."--Sean Laraway, San Jose State

"The philosophy of explaining why a concept is important and illustrating that with multiple examples is precisely how I strive to teach this course."--Stuart Marcovitch, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

"This book is far superior to my current textbook."--Duane Jackson, Morehouse College

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Statistics--Who Needs Them?
    Chapter 2 Types of Data
    Chapter 3 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Creating and Interpreting Graphics
    Chapter 4 Measures of Central Tendency: What's So Average about the Mean?
    Chapter 5 Variability: The "Law of Life"
    Chapter 6 Where Am I? Normal Distributions and Standard Scores
    Chapter 7 Basic Probability Theory
    Chapter 8 The Central Limit Theorem and Hypothesis Testing
    Chapter 9 The z-Test
    Chapter 10 The t-Test
    Chapter 11 Analysis of Variance
    Chapter 12 Confidence Intervals and Effect Size: Building a Better Mousetrap
    Chapter 13 Correlation and Regression: Are We Related?
    Chapter 14 The Chi-Square Test
    Chapter 15 Non-parametric Tests
    Chapter 16 Which Test Should I Use and Why?

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