Basic Statistics for Social ResearchISBN: 9780470587980
560 pages
December 2012, JosseyBass

A core statistics text that emphasizes logical inquiry, not math
Basic Statistics for Social Research teaches core general statistical concepts and methods that all social science majors must master to understand (and do) social research. Its use of mathematics and theory are deliberately limited, as the authors focus on the use of concepts and tools of statistics in the analysis of social science data, rather than on the mathematical and computational aspects. Research questions and applications are taken from a wide variety of subfields in sociology, and each chapter is organized around one or more general ideas that are explained at its beginning and then applied in increasing detail in the body of the text.
Each chapter contains instructive features to aid students in understanding and mastering the various statistical approaches presented in the book, including:
 Learning objectives
 Check quizzes after many sections and an answer key at the end of the chapter
 Summary
 Key terms
 Endofchapter exercises
 SPSS exercises (in select chapters)
Ancillary materials for both the student and the instructor are available and include a test bank for instructors and downloadable video tutorials for students.
Tables and Figures ix
Preface xv
About the Authors xix
PART I UNIVARIATE DESCRIPTION 1
Chapter 1 Using Statistics 3
Why Study Statistics? 4
Tasks for Statistics: Describing, Inferring, Testing, Predicting 4
Statistics in the Research Process 9
Basic Elements of Research: Units of Analysis and Variables 14
Chapter 2 Displaying One Distribution 25
Summarizing Variation in One Variable 26
Frequency Distributions for Nominal Variables 26
Frequency Distributions for Ordinal Variables 32
Frequency Distributions for Interval/Ratio Variables 38
Summarizing Data Using Excel 43
Chapter 3 Central Tendency 81
The Basic Idea of Central Tendency 82
The Mode 83
The Median 88
The Mean 95
Chapter 4 Dispersion 113
The Basic Idea of Dispersion 114
Dispersion of Categorical Data 115
Dispersion of Interval/Ratio Data 121
Chapter 5 Describing the Shape of a Distribution 149
The Basic Ideas of Distributional Shape 150
The Shape of Nominal and Ordinal Distributions 152
Unimodality 158
Skewness 163
Kurtosis 169
Some Common Distributional Shapes 175
Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution 187
Introduction to the Normal Distribution 188
Properties of Normal Distributions 189
The Standard Normal, or Z, Distribution 192
Working with Standard Normal (Z) Scores 194
Finding Areas “Under the Curve” 197
PART II INFERENCE AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING 209
Chapter 7 Basic Ideas of Statistical Inference 211
Introduction to Statistical Inference 212
Sampling Concepts 214
Central Tendency Estimates 219
Assessing Confidence in Point Estimates 229
Chapter 8 Hypothesis Testing for One Sample 247
Hypothesis Testing 248
The Testing Process 250
Tests about One Mean 258
Tests about One Proportion 267
Chapter 9 Hypothesis Testing for Two Samples 279
Comparing Two Groups 280
Comparing Two Groups’ Means 280
Comparing Two Groups’ Proportions 289
Nonindependent Samples 296
Using Excel for TwoSample Tests 301
Interpreting Group Differences 302
Chapter 10 Multiple Sample Tests of Proportions: ChiSquared 313
Comparing Proportions across Several Groups 314
Testing for Multiple Group Differences 315
Describing Group Differences 327
Chapter 11 Multiple Sample Tests for Means: OneWay ANOVA 337
Comparing Several Group Means with Analysis of Variance 338
Analyzing Variance and the FTest 339
Analyzing Variance 342
The FTest 350
Comparing Means 356
PART III ASSOCIATION AND PREDICTION 369
Chapter 12 Association with Categorical Variables 371
The Concept of Statistical Association 372
Association with Nominal Variables 375
Association with Ordinal Variables 391
Chapter 13 Association of Interval/Ratio Variables 425
Visualizing Interval/Ratio Association 426
Significance Testing for Interval/Ratio Association 434
Chapter 14 Regression Analysis 453
Predicting Outcomes with Regression 454
Simple Linear Regression 454
Applying Simple Regression Analysis 465
Multiple Regression 469
Applying Multiple Regression 474
Chapter 15 Logistic Regression Analysis 489
Predicting with Nonlinear Relationships 490
Logistic Regression 492
The Logistic Regression Model 492
Interpreting Effects in Logistic Regression 493
Estimating Logistic Regression Models with Maximum Likelihood 495
Applying Logistic Regression 496
Assessing Partial Effects 498
Extending Logistic Regression 499
APPENDIX
ChiSquared Distribution: Critical Values for Commonly Used Alpha50.05 and Alpha50.01 505
FDistribution: Critical Values for Commonly Used Alpha50.05 and Alpha50.01 507
Standard Normal Scores (ZScores), and Cumulative Probabilities (Proportion of Cases Having Scores below Z) 511
Student’s tDistribution: Critical Values for Commonly Used Alpha Levels 517
Index 519
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