Statistics for the Terrified

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-21
  • Publisher: Pearson
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User-friendly and engaging#xA0;introduction to elementary statistics.#xA0; #xA0; Written in a personal and informal style, this book helps readers make the leap from apprehension to comprehension of elementary statistics.#xA0; Statistics For The Terrified, 5 e#xA0; is intended as a supplemental text for #xA0;undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics and research methods, as a refresher for students who have already taken a statistics course, or as a primer for new students of elementary statistics. #xA0; Millions of people have math anxiety- yet this is rarely taken into consideration in textbooks on statistics.#xA0; This book presents self-help strategies that help people manage their math anxiety so they can relax and build confidence while learning statistics.#xA0;#xA0; After covering the essentials required for the journey into statistics, the remainder of the book presents an introduction to elementary statistics with a great deal of encouragement, support, step-by-step assistance, and numerous concrete examples, without lengthy theoretical discussions.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Essentials for Statisticsp. 1
Effective Strategies for Studying Statisticsp. 2
Effective Strategies for Studying Statisticsp. 4
Overcoming Math Anxietyp. 7
How to Deal with Math Anxietyp. 12
Basic Math Reviewp. 15
Positive and Negative Numbersp. 17
Fractionsp. 18
Decimals and Percentsp. 21
Exponents and Rootsp. 21
Order of Computationp. 22
Summationp. 24
Answers to Example Problemsp. 26
Describing Univariate Datap. 29
Frequency Distributionsp. 30
Variablesp. 31
Scales of Measurementp. 31
Frequency Distributionsp. 33
Graphing Datap. 37
The Normal Curvep. 39
Problemsp. 40
Answers to Problemsp. 41
Descriptive Statisticsp. 42
Measures of Central Tendencyp. 43
Selecting a Measure of Central Tendencyp. 45
Measures of Variabilityp. 48
Problemsp. 55
Answers to Problemsp. 55
The Normal Curvep. 56
What Is the Normal Curve?p. 57
Proportions of Scores Under the Normal Curvep. 58
Problemsp. 61
Answers to Problemsp. 61
Percentiles and Standard Scoresp. 62
Percentilesp. 64
Standard Scoresp. 65
Other Standard Scoresp. 67
Converting Standard Scores to Percentilesp. 69
A Word of Cautionp. 75
Problemsp. 76
Answers to Problemsp. 76
Correlation Coefficients and Linear Regressionp. 79
Correlation Coefficientsp. 80
Correlation Coefficientsp. 81
Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficientp. 82
Interpreting Correlation Coefficientsp. 86
Other Methods of Correlationp. 88
Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficientp. 88
Problemsp. 89
Answers to Problemsp. 89
Linear Regressionp. 90
Regression Equationsp. 91
Standard Error of the Estimatep. 94
Problemsp. 96
Answers to Problemsp. 96
Inferential Statisticsp. 97
Introduction to Inferential Statisticsp. 98
The Sampling Experimentp. 100
Sample Values (Statistics) and Population Values (Parameters)p. 102
The Null Hypothesisp. 105
Type I and Type II Errorsp. 107
Statistical Significance and Type I Errorp. 108
Problemsp. 110
Answers to Problemsp. 110
The t Testp. 112
The t Test for Independent Samplesp. 113
Formulas for the t Test for Independent Samplesp. 114
The Critical Value of t: tcritp. 116
Requirements for Using the f Test for Independent Samplesp. 118
The t Test for Dependent (Matched) Samplesp. 119
Directional Versus Nondirectional Testsp. 122
Problemsp. 123
Answers to Problemsp. 124
Analysis of Variance (Anova)p. 125
Computation Stepsp. 130
Strength of Associationp. 132
Post hoc Analysesp. 133
The Scheffé Method of Post hoc Analysisp. 133
Problemsp. 135
Answers to Problemsp. 136
Additional Topics: Nonparametric Statistics and Using Statistical Software Programsp. 137
Nonparametric Statistics: Chi-Squarep. 138
One-Way Test of Chi-Squarep. 139
Yates' Correction for Continuityp. 141
A Bit Morep. 142
Problemsp. 142
Answers to Problemsp. 143
How to Use SPSSp. 144
Starting SPSSp. 145
Basic Steps in Data Analysisp. 148
Finding Help in SPSSp. 156
Postscriptp. 157
Proportions of Area Under the Normal Curvep. 161
Table of Random Numbersp. 165
Critical Values of tp. 170
Critical Values of Fp. 172
Critical Values of Chi-Squaredp. 176
Glossary of Formulasp. 178
Indexp. 182
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