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Statistics
A Gentle Introduction

- Frederick L. Coolidge - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA

The Fourth Edition of ** Statistics: A Gentle Introduction** shows students that an introductory statistics class doesn’t need to be difficult or dull. This text minimizes students’ anxieties about math by explaining the concepts of statistics in plain language first, before addressing the math. Each formula within the text has a step-by-step example to demonstrate the calculation so students can follow along. Only those formulas that are important for final calculations are included in the text so students can focus on the concepts, not the numbers. A wealth of real-world examples and applications gives a context for statistics in the real world and how it helps us solve problems and make informed choices.

New to the **Fourth Edition **are sections on working with big data, new coverage of alternative non-parametric tests, beta coefficients, and the "nocebo effect," discussions of p values in the context of research, an expanded discussion of confidence intervals, and more exercises and homework options under the new feature "Test Yourself."

Statistics is generally not a dynamic topic. But Coolidge is able to break it down in a way that is manageable. His discussion of each type of analyses is easily accessed by the table of contents and accurately depicted in the index. This is especially important for this generation of learners who want easy access to the specific information that is necessary without waiting through extraneous concepts. Coolidge also describes contemporary and specific examples of how miss use of data can have an impact in real world circumstances. This is beneficial because it makes a true connection with the power that a statistical researcher holds.

**Regis University**

It is the only book on the market that covers important advanced techniques such as repeated measures ANOVA and multiple regressions, using SPSS.

**Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri**

The book is written to address a broad range of student ability. It is helpful to students without a strong background in mathematics.

**Department of Psychology and Sociology, Tuskegee University**

Adopted as a recommended text for students interested in diving more deeply into some of the concepts we cover (all too briefly) in a refresher course for incoming Masters of Public Policy students.

**Political Science Dept, University Of Utah**