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Elementary Statistics in Social Research, 12th Edition

By Jack A. Levin, James Alan Fox, David R. Forde

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 13, 2013


Provides an understanding of statistics in the social sciences.


This best-selling introduction to statistical analysis in the social sciences provides the right balance of conceptual understanding and step-by-step computational techniques. The eleventh edition of Elementary Statistics in Social Research is written to be understandable to all readers, particularly those without a strong background in mathematics.


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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of statistics in the social sciences.

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents:


Chapter 1:     Why the Social Researcher Uses Statistics


PART ONE:  Description

Chapter 2:     Organizing the Data

Chapter 3:     Measures of Central Tendency 

Chapter 4:     Measures of Variability


PART TWO: From Description to Decision Making

Chapter 5:     Probability and the Normal Curve

Chapter 6:     Samples and Populations


PART THREE: Decision Making 

Chapter 7:     Testing Differences between Means   

Chapter 8:     Analysis of Variance

Chapter 9:     Nonparametric Tests of Significance    


PART FOUR: From Decision Making to Association

Chapter 10:   Correlation

Chapter 11:   Regression Analysis

Chapter 12:    Nonparametric Measures of Correlation


PART FIVE:  Applying Statistics

Chapter 13:    Choosing Statistical Procedures for Research Problems



Appendix A   Introduction to SPSS

Appendix B  A Review of Some Fundamentals of Mathematics

Appendix C  Tables

Appendix D  List of Formulas



Answers to Problems