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Statistics for the Terrified, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By John H. Kranzler

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 13, 2010

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User-friendly and engaging introduction to elementary statistics. 

 

Written in a personal and informal style, this book helps readers make the leap from apprehension to comprehension of elementary statistics.  Statistics For The Terrified, 5/e  is intended as a supplemental text for 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.

 

Millions of people have math anxiety- yet this is rarely taken into consideration in textbooks on statistics.  This book presents self-help strategies that help people manage their math anxiety so they can relax and build confidence while learning statistics.   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

PREFACE

 

SECTION I  Essentials for Statistics

 

Chapter 1 -  Effective Strategies for Studying Statistics

Self-assessment

Assumptions about the Reader

Effective Strategies for Studying Statistics

 

Chapter 2   -   Overcoming Math Anxiety

What Causes Math Anxiety?

Overview of Rational Emotive Therapy

Irrational Beliefs

How to Deal with Math Anxiety

 

Chapter 3   -     Basic Math Concepts

How to Use this Chapter

Positive and Negative Numbers

Fractions

Decimals and Percents

Exponents and Roots

Order of Computation

Summation

Answers to Example Problems

 

SECTION II Describing Univariate Data

 

Chapter 4   -     Frequency Distributions

What are statistics?

Variables

Scales of Measurement

Frequency Distributions

Graphing Data

Normal Curve

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 5   -     Descriptive Statistics

What are statistics?

Measures of central tendency

Measures of variability

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 6    -    The Normal Curve

What is the Normal Curve?

Properties of the Normal Curve

Proportions of Scores Under the Normal Curve

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 7   -     Percentiles and Standard Scores

Percentiles

Standard Scores

Other Standard Scores

T Scores

Converting Standard Scores to Percentiles

A Word of Caution

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

SECTION III Correlation Coefficients and Linear Regression

  

Chapter 8   -     Correlation Coefficients

Correlation Coefficients

Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient

Interpreting Correlation Coefficients

Other Methods of Correlation

Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

 

Chapter 9   -    Linear Regression

Regression Equations

Standard Error of the Estimate

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

SECTION IV  Inferential Statistics

 

Chapter 10  -     Introduction to Inferential Statistics

Probability

The Sampling Experiment

Sample Values (Statistics) and Population Values (Parameters)

The Null Hypothesis

Type I and Type II Errors

Statistical Significance and Type I Error

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 11   -   The t Test

The t Test for Independent Samples

Formulas for the t Test for Independent Samples

The Critical Value of t

Requirements for Using the t Test for Independent Samples

The t Test for Dependent (Matched) Samples

Directional Versus Nondirectional Tests

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 12   -   Analysis of Variance

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Computation Steps

Strength of Association

Post hoc Analyses

The Scheffé Method of Post-Hoc Analysis

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

SECTION V  Additional Topics: Non-parametric Statistics and Using Statistical Software Programs

  

Chapter 13   -   Non-parametric Statistics: Chi-square

Nonparametric Statistical Tests

One-way Test of Chi-square

Yates’ Correction for Continuity

A Bit More

Problems

Answers to Problems

 

Chapter 14  -    How to Use SPSS

What is SPSS?

 

Starting SPSS

 

Basic Steps in Data Analysis

 

Finding Help in SPSS

 

Chapter 15  -    Postscript

 

APPENDICES

A         Proportions of Area Under the Normal Curve

B          Table of Random Numbers

C         Critical Values of t

D         Critical Values of F

E          Critical Values of Chi-squared

F          Glossary of Formulas

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