Apply statistics to your everyday life. Statistics and Data Analysis for Social Science helps students to build a strong foundational understanding of statistics by providing clarity around when and why statistics useful. Rather than focusing on the “how to” of statistics, author Eric J. Krieg simplifies the complexity of statistical calculations by introducing only what is necessary to understanding each concept. Every chapter is written around and applied to a different social problem or issues–enabling students to broaden their imagination about the statistical “tools” that can be used to make sense of our world and, maybe, to make the world a better place. In addition to updating all the tables and examples with new data, the Second Edition has replaced the section on SPSS with three new sets of exercises at the end of each chapter:  1. Chapter Exercises for students complete during their reading and bring questions to class,  2. In-Class Exercises that focus on the areas that students struggled with during their reading, and  3.  Homework Exercises that can be assigned if students need extra practice with the concepts.

Probability and the Normal Curve

Probability and the Normal Curve

Probability and the Normal Curve

Introduction

America is often viewed as a “land of opportunity.” Many consider it the place where anyone can grow up to be a rock star, movie star, sports hero, or even president. But what are the odds of something like that happening? The population of the United States is more than 320 million people, only one of whom is the president. So what is the probability that anyone can grow up to be the president? Probably not as good as your elementary school teachers would have you believe. Whatever it is, it is a very low probability.

We often don’t think about the likelihood of particular events taking place because we cannot control them. We ...