"Statistical Persuasion will serve well those who are looking for a practical and pragmatic approach to using and interpreting statistics for applied purposes. This book would best serve as a text for a capstone course in statistics where the focus is on the presentation and consumption of statistical outcomes. It does an excellent job convincing the reader of the importance of designing a study tailored to the needs of a social science question so that the resulting findings can meaningfully answer the question."
“I am very impressed with Statistical Persuasion, by Dr. Robert W. Pearson. The textbook includes the technical and mathematical knowledge students need to understand basic statistics, and it also includes an integration of these elements within the important framework of research design. The combination of the textbook and ancillary support materials is a complete package.”
Although an excellent and interesting read, the book was not suitable for the module I teach on. Excellent read though!
Pretty decent coverage of key statistical concepts
I did not adopt this but recommend it to everyone that I talk ot and all of my students. This is a wonderful book.
While the book lacks considerable detail on the numeric details involved with both descriptive and inferential statistics, it does do a good job on data collection and the presentation of results.
Not assigned to teach course
The book is probably too intimidating to adotpted as an essential read for undergraduates. However it persuasively argues for the appropriate use of statistical tools within research. It would be useful to include more on liklihood ratios and a more comprehensive index.
Not appropriate for the class in mind
Readability, comprehensive, Online content, data sets, use of Excel and SPSS.
I plan to recommend this text to our math department as a supplement to the existing Introduction to Statistics text.
I am using this text to enhance current lecture materials.
The focus was different than the focus for my course.
This is a good supplementary reading text.
THe text is very well written and readable. However, I do not want to encourage my statistcs students to use Excel EVER, so I didn't recommend this book. It is a great book to those who may use Excel for data analysis.
This is a good entry level statistics textbook for students with social sciences major. There are no hard math concepts but all of straight forward description to allow students to understand the basics of quantitative analytical approaches. The explanation of the SPSS (now named as PASW) is clear. Supplemental exercises are easy to follow. I don't think students will have anymore fear to math, statistics, and computer software after reading this book.
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