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Discovering Statistics Using SAS

Discovering Statistics Using SAS

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February 2010 | 752 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Hot on the heels of Andy Field's best-selling Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, Third Edition (2009), the author has teamed up with a co-author, Jeremy Miles, to adapt this textbook for SAS® using the most up-to-date commands and programming language available in latest release 9.2.

SAS® is a very powerful and popular package used throughout the world in university education, especially in the Behavioral Sciences, Business, and Economics. As with its sister textbook, Discovering Statistics Using SAS® takes the entry level student from first principles right the way through to advanced level statistical concepts all the while grounding knowledge through the use of SAS®. Its approach is to teach statistical concepts as well as the computational principles, commands and language of the SAS® software package in one textbook, and given this comprehensive coverage this textbook should be enthusiastically adopted on a wide variety of statistics courses.

Following the same award-winning contents structure, accessible writing style and pedagogical approach (including a 'cast of characters' that feature in each chapter) as for its sister textbook, Discovering Statistics Using SAS® will be a hugely popular textbook for SAS® users pursuing courses in statistics who then need to apply their knowledge and skills to tackling research reports, dissertations or theses.

Key Features:

  • Starts with introductory statistical theory and methods and finishes with advanced level methods – the book for any research problem, and any level of course use
  • Provides features and characters that support the learning process throughout the book, from providing tips on how to enter data in SAS® properly to testing knowledge covered in chapters interactively
  • Employs a combination of invented and real published research datasets for students. Found on the Companion Website, along with a host of other materials for lecturers and students

A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site and an open-access Student Study Site are available for this book at

Why Is My Evil Lecturer Forcing Me to Learn Statistics?
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Statistics (Well, Sort of)
The SAS Environment
Exploring Data with Graphs
Exploring Assumptions
Logistic Regression
Comparing Two Means
Comparing Several Means: ANOVA (GLM 1)
Analysis of Covariance, ANCOVA (GLM 2)
Factorial ANOVA (GLM 3)
Repeated-Measures Designs (GLM 4)
Mixed Design ANOVA (GLM 5)
Non-Parametric Tests
Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA)
Exploratory Factor Analysis
Categorical Data
Multilevel Linear Models


I found the text too complex for a 200 level statistics course.

Dr Mark Bowman
Justice Studies Dept, Methodist University
August 6, 2013

I'm adopting this book as supplemental reading because it has very detailed instruction on the use of specific statistical analysis tools. Specially useful for when students have decided on their research strategy and analytical framework.

Mr Fabian Armendariz
Business Administration , National College of Ireland
July 25, 2013

Field's style is popular with students, and we have them use JMP.

Professor Michael Donahue
Psychology, Institute for the Psychological Sciences
July 16, 2013

SAS licensing is too expensive in Malaysia.

Professor Michael Menke
School of Health Sciences, International Medical University
June 26, 2013

While a great resource for areas like applied statistics that have a background in programming in SAS, does not seem beneficial for psychology students who are more focused on the ends rather than the means.

Mr Michael Pyle
Psychology Dept, New Mexico State University - Las Cruces
April 5, 2013

A useful book. We use SAS only marginally but this book is very good support for what we do.

Dr Mark Moss
School of Psychology and Sport Science, Northumbria University
February 21, 2013

This book from Andy Field is nice, but not as great as its SPSS counterpart. Although the basic structure and content are the same (and thus as good as the SPSS version), it is somewhat less explanatory and not as clearly presented with regard to using SAS. Also, some of its charm is lost because of the black-and-white layout.

Mr Martijn Bours
Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University
December 9, 2012

meet the purposes of the course

Professor Leanne Lai
Sociobehavior administrative pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University
August 30, 2012

A book that make SAS a user-friendly sotfware. Written in a very funny way, it makes the leaning process very pleasant.

Mr Jamel Khenfer
Marketing , Paul Cezanne University Aix-Marseille III
July 8, 2012

Excellent guide to SAS for Psychology students

Dr Louise Dye
Institute of Psychological Sciences, Leeds University
May 12, 2012

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