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By Joseph F. Healey

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ISBN-13: 9780495601432

Don't fret; you don't want loads of math to ace records. now not with THE necessities OF statistics: a device FOR learn, that's. it really is useful, it is easy to persist with, and it explains the fundamentals of facts in methods you could comprehend with out the advanced math. Plus, it is full of learn instruments so that you can prepare for the try without challenge!

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How can you bridge the gap that separates you from this literature? It is essential to your education that you develop an appreciation for this knowledge base, but how can you understand the articles that seem so challenging? The (unfortunate but unavoidable) truth is that a single course in statistics will not close the gap entirely. However, the information and skills developed in this text will enable you to read much of the social science research literature and give you the ability to critically analyze statistical information.

Every time the wheel turned, our understandings of the phenomena under consideration would (we hope) improve. Fully testing a theory can take a very long time—sociologists are still arguing about the contact hypothesis 55 years after Allport’s classic statement. In the normal course of science, it is a rare occasion when we can say with absolute certainty that a given theory or idea is definitely true or false. Rather, 2 Social science researchers also do qualitative research, or research in which information is expressed in a form other than numbers.

As you will see throughout this text, statistics are limited in many ways. They are also an indispensable part of the research enterprise. Without statistics, the interaction between theory and research would become extremely difficult and the progress of our disciplines would be severely retarded. 3 THE GOALS OF THIS TEXT In the preceding section, I argued that statistics are a crucial part of the process by which scientific investigations are carried out and that, therefore, some training in statistical analysis is a crucial component in the education of every social scientist.

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