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Making Sense of Statistics : A Non-Mathematical Approach - Michael Wood

Making Sense of Statistics

A Non-Mathematical Approach

Paperback Published: 5th August 2003
ISBN: 9781403901071
Number Of Pages: 224

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Making Sense of Statistics provides a thorough, but accessible, introduction to statistics and probability, without the distractions of mathematics. The book does not require you to use any algebraic formulae or equations, but it does explain how and why methods work, and exactly what answers mean. Guidance is provided on how to design investigations, analyze data and interpret results. There are exercises and case studies from a variety of areas of application, and an accompanying website from which interactive spreadsheet models and data files can be downloaded.

Introduction: Statistics, Non-mathematical Methods and How to Use this Book; Probability, Samples, Buckets and Balls; Summing Things Up: Graphs, Averages, Standard Deviations, Correlations, etc; Why Use Statistics? Pros, Cons and Alternatives; Calculating Probabilities: Mental Ball Crunching and Computer Games; Possible Worlds and Actual Worlds: How Can We Decide What is True?; How Big is the Error? Confidence Intervals; Checking if Anything is Going On: Tests of Null Hypotheses; Predicting the Unpredictable: Regression and Other Statistical Models; How to Do It and What Does It Mean? The Design and Interpretation of Investigations; Bibliography; Index; Ancillary website appendices: Appendix A: Using Spreadsheets (Excel) for Statistics; Appendix B: A Brief Guide to the Statistical Package, SPSS; Appendix C: Files on the Web; Appendix D: Comments on Some of the Exercises; Appendix E: Glossary of Key Terms

ISBN: 9781403901071
ISBN-10: 1403901074
Series: Palgrave Study Guides
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5th August 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1