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Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology
A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

Fourth Edition

March 2011 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this newly updated Fourth Edition, new terms are defined, new synonyms are included, and both are illustrated with new graphics. Growth in the fields of statistics and methodology has mandated these inclusions. The number of definitions and illustrations has grown from about 2,400 in the third edition to about 2,800 in this one, an increase of around 16 percent. While some entries have been shortened and obsolete ones have been deleted, which helped make room for the new entries, comparatively few terms from the earlier editions have been deleted. The importance of classic terms persists even as new techniques and the terms describing them are invented. Finally, the suggestions for further reading have been updated and a new section on Useful Websites on Statistics and Methodology has been added.

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Professor David Maree
Psychology , University of Pretoria
July 10, 2012

The book will be used as a reference in this course and other research courses in the program

Dr Yulia Tolstikov-Mast
PhD in Global Leadership , Indiana Technology
June 7, 2012

Clear and concise for student understanding

Dr Stephanie Brooks
Couple & Family Therapy Department, Drexel University - Center City Hahnemann
February 8, 2012

An excellent reference book to help not only with carrying out research but an essential tool for those not familiar with research jargon who are required to read and review journal articles as part of their course.

Mrs Anne Segalini
Occupational Therapy Division, Northampton University
December 16, 2011

Highly recommended, as all MSc students are simultaneously PhD students. This book will serve them well throughout doctorate.

Dr Christine Dobbs
Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
August 27, 2011

This is a very useful guide listing the most important definitions in statistics and quantiative methods. It can definetely become a very helpful supplement for any postgraduate (and even undergraduate) course involving quantitative methods and statistical analysis.

Dr Maria Pampaka
Social Science , University of Manchester
August 19, 2011

Well presented and structured book offering students clear and concise information regarding the subject area. Examples support the discussion of key terms.

Mr Shane Thurlow
HE Sport, Bishop Burton College
July 16, 2011

This is too basic to require for my class. I might consider it a recommended book for reference but I don't feel it's detailed enough require it.

Professor Mya Martin-Glenn
College Of Education, University of Denver
July 1, 2011

This is a good quick reference guide, but many of the topics are covered in the 'key terms' boxes of core Social Research texts.

Dr Luke Sloan
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
June 29, 2011

The dictionary of statistics and methodology is a well documented textbook and dictionary which contains detailed definitions, descriptions and explanations of statistical tests and procedures written for those from a nontechnical background, who wish to understand statistical concepts and research terminology within the contexts of the social sciences. Students found the book essential reading when planning research especially the updated suggestions for further reading which presents the reader with useful books, articles, websites, links to recommended statistical software packages, and links to free statistical software applications. This book is recommended for supportive supplemental reading for novice researchers beginning statistical research who are unfamiliar with statistical techniques, procedures and practices.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
June 12, 2011

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W. Paul Vogt

W. Paul Vogt is Emeritus Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation at Illinois State University where he won both teaching and research awards. He specializes in methodological choice and program evaluation and is particularly interested in ways to integrate multiple methods. His other books include: Tolerance & Education: Learning to Live with Diversity and Difference (Sage Publications, 1998); Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (Allyn & Bacon, 2007); Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations (coedited with Walter Stephan, Teachers College Press, 2004). He is also editor of four 4-volume sets in the... More About Author

Robert Burke Johnson

Burke Johnson is a professor in the Professional Studies Department at the University of South Alabama. His PhD is from the REMS (research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics) program in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He also has graduate degrees in psychology, sociology, and public administration, which have provided him with a multidisciplinary perspective on research methodology. He was guest editor for a special issue of Research in the Schools focusing on mixed research (available online at and completed a similar guest editorship for the American... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412971096