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The Essentials of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research 4th Edition

Joseph F. Healey

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Framed in a student-friendly writing style, this text presents the essentials of statistics with an applied approach. Author Joseph Healey encourages skill development for statistical literacy, emphasizing computational competence and the ability to read social science literature with greater comprehension.

Joseph F. Healey, Christopher Newport University

Joseph F. Healey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology Christopher Newport University. He is author of STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, 10th Edition (Cengage, 2014); RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS, 7th Edition (Sage, 2015); DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY, 4th Edition (Sage, 2014); and is co-author of several other texts. Healey earned his A.B. and M.A. from The College of William and Mary (sociology and anthropology) and Ph.D. from University of Virginia (sociology and anthropology). In his spare time, he plays and records music for the hammer dulcimer and banjo.

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  • The General Social Survey data set has been updated to 2012 and two new data sets have been added for students to analyze: one for the U.S. states and an international data set with data for 99 nations.
  • The author has updated and increased the number of “Statistics in Everyday Life” features. These features demonstrate the application of statistical concepts by bringing interesting statistical findings to students' attention and asking questions that encourage students to think about the implications of these findings.
  • “One Step at a Time” features present at-a-glance computational procedures for each statistic, making it easy for students to get the right answers.
  • Problems Sets at the end of each chapter, organized progressively, help students develop problem-solving abilities gradually.
  • Learning Objectives, Chapter Summaries, Summaries of Formulas, and Chapter Glossaries provide students with tools to gain a clearer understanding of the concepts presented.
  • The “You are the Researcher” section, which follows the Problem Sets at the end of each chapter, requires students to use SPSS to analyze the 2012 General Social Survey.
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The Essentials of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research


1. Introduction.
2. Basic Descriptive Statistics: Tables, Percentages, Ratios and Rates, and Graphs.
3. Measures of Central Tendency.
4. Measures of Dispersion.
5. The Normal Curve.
6. Introduction to Inferential Statistics, the Sampling Distribution, and Estimation.
7. Hypothesis Testing I: The One-Sample Case.
8. Hypothesis Testing II: The Two-Sample Case.
9. Hypothesis Testing III: The Analysis of Variance.
10. Hypothesis Testing IV: Chi Square.
11. Bivariate Association for Nominal- and Ordinal-Level Variables.
12, Association Between Variables Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level.

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