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Beginning Statistics

Beginning Statistics
An Introduction for Social Scientists

Second Edition

© 2015 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the Second Edition of this bestselling textbook, the authors use real-world examples to introduce basic principles in statistics with no prior knowledge or experience assumed. With an emphasis on describing concepts, showing through example and illustrating points with graphs and displays, this book will provide readers with a step-by-step introduction to using statistics.

Chapters address the following questions:
  • Why bother learning statistics in the first place and are they relevant to real life?
  • How do I make sensible tables and informative graphs?
  • What are descriptive and inferential statistics and how are they used?
  • What are regression and correlation anyway?
Introduction: Are Statistics Relevant to Real Life?
Data and Table Manners
Graphs and Charts
Averages and Percentiles
Transforming Data
The Normal Distribution
From Samples to Populations
Getting Confident
Fun with Proportions
How to Decide How to Decide
More Tricky Decisions
Correlation and Regression
Analysing Tables with Categorical Data
Appendix 1 Statistical Tables
Appendix 2 Answers to Practice Questions
Appendix 3 Algebra and Mathematical Notation Explained

This is an excellent book, covering the basics of statistics in an interesting and easy to understand way. Great for a (gentle) first course in statistics for social scientists.

Dr Alexandru Cernat
Social Science , Manchester University
November 8, 2016

A very nicely structured and accessible introduction that can serve as an excellent resource for teaching research methods at Undergraduate level and beyond.

Dr Clive Hedges
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
October 25, 2016

This is a useful book but presents the statistics in a rather traditional way for the largely non-mathematical (or phobic) social science students I teach. The section on non-parametric tests is disappointingly small, given the frequency with which non-parametric data occurs in social science projects. It is useful as supplementary reading and I will include it on the reading list.

Professor Jackie Campbell
Health , Northampton University
August 26, 2016

This is an excellent book for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are learning to use SPSS. The examples are simple and easy to follow. Will definitely recommend all my students to use this book

Dr Parveen Ali
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield University
July 1, 2016

This book is intended for those MA Education students who are embarking on statistical analysis for the first time and i believe it will become their 'bible'. It seems to be accessible and cover all that will be required.

Mrs Vanessa Cottle
Education , Derby University
December 1, 2015

This book contains all the essential information that is needed to understand this course. Furthermore, the lectures will be linked to this book. In addition, much of the information will be linked to the final exam.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
November 24, 2015

Clear and at the right level

Dr Glenn Robert Marland
Health, Nursing & Midwifery (Dumfries), University of the West of Scotland
October 28, 2015

The book provides an excellent introduction to the concepts of statistical inference and data analysis, especially for those students who had no training in statistics. One of the appendices provides also a reminder of basic mathematics. Second edition is well-written, with updated examples and added chapter on categorical data analysis.

Dr Arkadiusz Wisniowski
Social Statistics, Manchester University
October 26, 2015

A good book for supplemental reading and apposite for psychology students.

Mr Max Eames
School of Psychology, University of East London
October 25, 2015

Getting pre-registration nursing students to understand statistics is a challenge - for the ones who get it and want to understand more, this is a book that I will recommend for ease of reading and presentation. However, for some students it would still be too complex.

Dr Gabrielle Thorpe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
July 6, 2015

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