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Beginning Statistics

Beginning Statistics
An Introduction for Social Scientists

Second Edition

November 2014 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the Second Edition of this bestselling textbook, the authors use real-world examples to introduce basic principles in statistics with no prior knowledge or experience assumed. With an emphasis on describing concepts, showing through example and illustrating points with graphs and displays, this book will provide readers with a step-by-step introduction to using statistics.

Chapters address the following questions:
  • Why bother learning statistics in the first place and are they relevant to real life?
  • How do I make sensible tables and informative graphs?
  • What are descriptive and inferential statistics and how are they used?
  • What are regression and correlation anyway?
Introduction: Are Statistics Relevant to Real Life?
Data and Table Manners
Graphs and Charts
Averages and Percentiles
Transforming Data
The Normal Distribution
From Samples to Populations
Getting Confident
Fun with Proportions
How to Decide How to Decide
More Tricky Decisions
Correlation and Regression
Analysing Tables with Categorical Data
Appendix 1 Statistical Tables
Appendix 2 Answers to Practice Questions
Appendix 3 Algebra and Mathematical Notation Explained

The book provides an excellent introduction to the concepts of statistical inference and data analysis, especially for those students who had no training in statistics. One of the appendices provides also a reminder of basic mathematics. Second edition is well-written, with updated examples and added chapter on categorical data analysis.

Dr Arkadiusz Wisniowski
Social Statistics, Manchester University
September 1, 2015

A good book for supplemental reading and apposite for psychology students.

Mr Max Eames
School of Psychology, University of East London
September 4, 2015

Clear and actually _readable_ (not wholly expected in a stats text book!)
Some excellent examples and exercises - clear, amusing and with good explanations.
An excellent text for a basic research methods course.

Professor Jenny Butler
health & life sciences, Oxford Brookes University
July 6, 2015

I am going to recommend this book for reading, especially to students without much previous knowlegde in statistics.

Dr Thomas Spiegler
Dep of Social Sciences, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
July 6, 2015

I requested this book for a course in empirical methodologies that I have run for a few years. It now turned out it's my colleague who is going to run it next time but I have suggested him to let this book replace the one we have been using until now for several reasons
- The chapters follow a structure that goes well along with the way students acquire and start to work with data from a practical perspective (Our course includes an empirical project)
- The book stays within the range of statistical tools that we can reasonably get the students to understand at a beginners' course so we wont have to skip any chapters
- There is more explanation and less calculations which makes it more approachable for beginners.

Mrs Anne Mette Thorhauge
Media, Cognition & Communication Dept, University of Copenhagen
July 6, 2015

Getting pre-registration nursing students to understand statistics is a challenge - for the ones who get it and want to understand more, this is a book that I will recommend for ease of reading and presentation. However, for some students it would still be too complex.

Dr Gabrielle Thorpe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
July 6, 2015

Whilst this is a useful book for the introduction of statistics it is missing the application of the statistical computer packages which most researchers will be using to analyse their data.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
June 25, 2015

This book is a really nice introduction to statistics that is very student friendly, with great exercises.

Miss Charlotte Brigden
Equine , Myerscough Colelge
June 25, 2015

Very useful introduction to statistics for students. A good place to start.

Mr David James
Sociology , University Campus Suffolk
June 25, 2015

This text provides the basics for social scientists to compile and use statistics for highlighting issues in numerical terms.

Mr Owen Lewis
Faculty of Business, Finance and Management, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 10, 2015

Liam Foster

Liam teaches social policy, sociology and social work at the University of Sheffield. After graduating in Social Policy and Administration at the University of Leeds he undertook an MA in Social and Public Policy, also at the University of Leeds, before completing a PhD on Gender, Pensions and the Life Course at the University of Sheffield in 2006. Following the completion of his PhD Liam was appointed as a lecturer in social work at the University of Sheffield.   Much of Liam’s research continues to focus on inequalities in later life and policy implications, particularly in relation to pensions. He has liaised with the Labour Party,... More About Author

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Julie Banton

Julie is a demographer by background. After graduating in Population Studies from the University of Southampton in 1994, she worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Social Statistics department for over seven years. Julie’s main role was teaching social science undergraduates at Southampton both introductory statistics and population science courses, while completing a PhD on childbearing following marital dissolution in Britain. The first edition of Beginning Statistics grew from several years of experience in teaching quantitative methods with Ian, both in huge lecture theatres and small tutorial groups, to students from a wide range of... More About Author