Social Statistics

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-01
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This introduction to social statistics, with clear, well-illustrated instructions for using SPSS software, emphasizes the interpretation of statistics and applications to real-world situations.

Table of Contents

Getting Started: Fundamentals of Research Design
The Process of Social Research
Fundamentals of Research Design
Introducing SPSS Student Version 11.0 for Windows
Levels of Measurement
Classifying Variables by Levels of Measurement
Classifying Variables as Discrete or Continuous Variables
Creating an SPSS Data File
Preparing the Survey Questions
Setting Up (Defining) Data in the SPSS Program
Adding the ID Variable
Entering and Checking Data
Saving Your Data
Analyzing Frequency Distributions
What is a Frequency Distribution? Constructing a Frequency Distribution by Hand
Counting the Responses
Computing the Percentages of Response
Obtaining a Frequency Distribution Using SPSS. Splitting a Data File
Using Charts and Graphs to Analyze Distributions
Measures of Central Tendency
The Mode
The Median
The Mean
Characteristics of the Mean, Median, and Mode
Using Mean, Median, and Mode to Analyze Distributions: Are They Normal or Not?
Finding Measures of Central Tendency Using SPSS
Using Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion
The Index of Qualitative Variation
The Range and the Interquartile Range
Mean Deviation, Variance, and Standard Deviation.

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