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Statistics and Data Analysis for Social Science

Statistics and Data Analysis for Social Science

Second Edition
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July 2019 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.
About the Author
Chapter 1: Concepts, Variables, and Measurement
Why Statistics?  
Graphical Representation of Data (What Data “Look” Like)  
Validity and Reliability  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 2: Frequency Tables
Toxic Waste and “Superfund”  
Frequency Tables  
Superfund Sites: Frequency Table for a Nominal Variable  
Frequency Table for an Ordinal Variable  
Frequency Table for an Interval/Ratio Variable  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 3: Measures of Central Tendency
Averages and Energy Consumption  
Definitions of Mode, Median, and Mean  
Calculating Measures of Central Tendency With Raw Data  
Calculating Measures of Central Tendency With Grouped Data  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 4: Measures of Dispersion
The Distribution of Education in the United States  
Interquartile Range  
Mean Absolute Deviation  
Variance (S2)  
Standard Deviation (S)  
Standard Deviation and the Normal Curve  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 5: Probability and the Normal Curve
Intelligence, Life Chances, and Inequality  
The Fundamentals of Probability  
Probability Using Frequency Tables  
Probability and the Normal Curve  
Using z-Scores to Find Percentiles  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 6: Probability—From Samples to Statistics
The Politics of Sampling: Global Warming and Political Party Affiliation  
Sampling and Statistics  
The Standard Error of the Mean  
The Standard Error of the Proportion  
Other Confidence Intervals  
The t Distribution  
Hypotheses and Testing Differences Between Means  
Potential Errors: Type I and Type II  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 7: Cross-tabulation and Chi-Square
The “Environmental Decade”  
Cross-tabulation Tables  
Cross-tabulation and the Chi-Square Test of Statistical Significance  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 8: Measures of Association for Categorical Variables
Social Institutions and Social Control  
Nominal Measures of Association  
Ordinal Measures of Association  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 9: Analysis of Variance
Smoking on Campus  
Analysis of Variance  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 10: Correlation and Regression
Unequal America  
Scatterplots: The Underlying Logic Behind Correlation  
Linear Regression  
Chapter Summary  
Answers to Chapter Exercises
Answers to In-Class Exercises


Instructor Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. 
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • The Answer Key provides answers to the Homework Assignments in the text.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions.
Student Study Site
Student Study Site (Open Access)

SAGE edge for Students
provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts. 
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Interactive exercises and meaningful Web links facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included.  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Frequency Tables

Chapter 3: Measures of Central Tendency

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