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.

Standardising Numbers

Chapter Overview

This chapter will:

  • Basically show how to standardise numerical information to make it easy to understand and compare.
  • Show how to simplify numbers by converting and rounding units.
  • Recap ranking and show how to use percentile ranks.
  • Explain why standard scores are useful, and show how to calculate them.
  • Illustrate the use of indexes and show how to ...
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