A unique approach weaves background information about data with practical, hands-on lessons that develop fundamental research skills all students should understand. Easy-to-follow tutorials provide readers with step-by-step instructions to quickly begin analyzing data without having advanced knowledge of data analysis or statistics. Extensive illustrations throughout the book demonstrate to readers how to understand data. End-of-chapter On Your Own exercises challenge readers to develop their skills through easy-to-use data files and questions to reinforce the chapter learning objectives. Student Study Site includes data sets that readers can use to test their data literacy

Taking Analysis to the Next Level

At this point in the book, we have achieved all of our goals for navigating the world of data. We have learned how to identify, obtain, evaluate and clean data. We’ve learned how to analyze and visualize them. Indeed, we’ve covered a lot of ground in the previous 14 chapters. We’ve accomplished these goals using software that’s widely available and easy for novices to grasp. It really is eye-opening to see what we can do with these tools.

However, if we want to elevate our data analysis and visualization, we will need to learn more. Most people who analyze and visualize data use more than spreadsheets. They also use programs like database managers ...

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