Using a truly accessible and reader-friendly approach, this comprehensive introduction to statistics redefines the way statistics can be taught and learned. Unlike other books that merely focus on procedures, Reid’s approach balances development of critical thinking skills with application of those skills to contemporary statistical analysis. He goes beyond simply presenting techniques by focusing on the key concepts readers need to master in order to ensure their long-term success. Indeed, this exciting new book offers the perfect foundation upon which readers can build as their studies and careers progress to more advanced forms of statistics. Keeping computational challenges to a minimum, Reid shows readers not only how to conduct a variety of commonly used statistical procedures, but also when each procedure should be utilized and how they are related. Following a review of descriptive statistics, he begins his discussion of inferential statistics with a two-chapter examination of the Chi Square test to introduce students to hypothesis testing, the importance of determining effect size, and the need for post hoc tests. When more complex procedures related to interval/ratio data are covered, students already have a solid understanding of the foundational concepts involved. Exploring challenging topics in an engaging and easy-to-follow manner, Reid builds concepts logically and supports learning through robust pedagogical tools, the use of SPSS, numerous examples, historical quotations, insightful questions, and helpful progress checks.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
The calculations involved in solving statistical problems can become tedious, particularly if there is a large set of data. The initial response in the field of statistics was to derive a series of what are called computational equations. These equations make analyzing large data sets somewhat easier, and they still are given a prominent role in many undergraduate statistics books. This text relegates them to the appendices. This is because during the past few decades the availability of computers and powerful statistical software has become ubiquitous. The result has been a revolution in how statistics are actually practiced. Though it is still important for statistics ...