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Starting Statistics
A Short, Clear Guide



March 2010 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Statistics: A Simple Guide for Students is an accessible, humorous and easy introduction to statistics for social science students.

In this refreshing book, experienced author and academic Neil Burdess shows that statistics is not the result of some mysterious "black magic", but rather the result of some very basic arithmetic. Getting rid of confusing x's and y's, he shows that it's the intellectual questions that come before and after the calculations that are important: (i) What are the best statistics to use with your data? and (ii) What do the calculated statistics tell you?

Statistics: A Simple Guide for Students aims to help students make sense of the logic of statistics and to decide how best to use statistics to analyze their own data. What's more, it is not reliant on students having access to any particular kind of statistical software package.

This is a very useful book for any student in the social sciences doing a statistics course or needing to do statistics for themselves for the first time.


 
Welcome to Starting Statistics
 
PART ONE: MEASUREMENT
 
Introducing Measurement
 
Measuring Numbers
 
Measuring Categories
 
PART TWO: STANDARDIZATION
 
Introducing Standardization
 
Standardizing Categories
 
Standardizing Numbers
 
PART THREE: CORRELATIONS
 
Introducing Correlations
 
Correlations between Categories
 
Correlations between Numbers
 
PART FOUR: SAMPLING AND ESTIMATION
 
Introducing Sampling
 
Estimating Numbers
 
Estimating Categories
 
PART FIVE: HYPOTHESIS TESTING
 
Introducing Hypothesis Testing
 
Hypotheses about Categories
 
Hypotheses about Numbers
 
Hypotheses about Categories and Numbers

Particularly good for those students who are direct entrants into 2nd year or for those who want a reminder of the basics covered in 1st year

Ms Noelle McAra
Division of Psychology, University of Abertay, Dundee
September 14, 2010

Good basic text

Ms Sheena Leek
Birmingham Business School, Birmingham University
August 4, 2010

An excellent and accessible introduction for students engaging with statistics for the first time. The clear and cohesive structure of the book and the engaging way in which it is written makes it a must for those students who view statistical analysis as an insurmountable barrier to progress.

Dr Neil McPherson
Sociology , University of the West of Scotland
August 3, 2010

Something for students to dip into should they decide to try out some quantitative research as part of their modules rather than go down the assignment-writing route.

Mrs Rebecca Ferriday
School of Education and Training, Cornwall College
July 14, 2010

A clear and concise introduction to statistics - if you're starting statistics, start here.

Dr Roger Slack
Sociology , University of Wales, Bangor
June 15, 2010

A good, clear simple book for students who are new, or who are very worreid about the research process and statistics

Mrs Claire Moore
Health , Surrey University
June 11, 2010

A very user freindly book for those students who do not routinely engage with statistics. It offers a clear insight into the jargon of statistics and uses everyday language in its explanations and examples.

Mrs Rhian Barnes
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
June 4, 2010

I will not be adopting this book was a bit confusing on what I consider the basics for my classes. For example measuring categories was seperated from the other types of measurment, like interval and ratio data. The order of chapters does not suit either with hyposthesis testing coming late on in the text. Thanks.

Dr Margaret Hanson
Occupational therapy, Oxford Brookes University
May 10, 2010

we already have other books which are better suited as core text. However, this is quite a good, easy to read book that would be very help for some of our masters students who are finding statistics a bit challenging. Good book for those students to bring them up to speed but not as a core text for the whole cohort, hence added to our recommended book list for the students as supplemental adoption.

Dr Derek Santos
Health , Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
May 5, 2010

This is a useful supplemental book for students studying research methods.

Dr Linda Stromei
Business Administration , University of Stavanger
May 4, 2010

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