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Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society

Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society

Second Edition
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October 2014 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, Second Edition provides students with a briefer, less expensive version of the successful Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, now in its Seventh Edition. As in the parent text, this concise statistics text puts a strong emphasis on the theme of diversity, which is illustrated through the use of real data in examples from contemporary social issues. The book’s informational and inviting writing style, coupled with the use of real-world examples and data applications, makes the book a more accessible and engaging resource for students.

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CHAPTER 1: The What and the Why of Statistics
The Research Process  
Asking Research Questions  
The Role of Theory  
Formulating the Hypotheses  
Collecting Data  
A Cautionary Note: Measurement Error  
Analyzing Data and Evaluating the Hypotheses  
Looking at Social Differences  
CHAPTER 2: The Organization and Graphic Presentation of Data
Frequency Distributions  
Proportions and Percentages  
Percentage Distributions  
Statistics in Practice: Labor Force Participation Among Foreign Born  
The Construction of Frequency Distributions  
Cumulative Distributions  
Statistics in Practice: Civilian Labor Force Participation Rates Over Time  
Reading the Research Literature: Statistical Tables  
The Pie Chart: Race and Ethnicity of the Elderly  
The Bar Graph: Marital Status of the Elderly  
The Histogram  
Statistics in Practice: Gender and Age  
The Line Graph  
Time-Series Charts  
A Cautionary Note: Distortions in Graphs  
Statistics in Practice: The Graphic Presentation of Education  
CHAPTER 3: Measures of Central Tendency
The Mode  
The Median  
Statistics in Practice: Gendered Income Inequality  
The Mean  
Finding the Mean in a Frequency Distribution  
The Shape of the Distribution: Television, Education, and Siblings  
Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Central Tendency  
A Cautionary Note: Representing Income  
CHAPTER 4: Measures of Variability
The Importance of Measuring Variability  
The Range  
The Interquartile Range: Increases in Elderly Population  
The Variance and the Standard Deviation: Changes in the Elderly Populations  
Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Variation  
Reading the Research Literature: Differences in College Aspirations and Expectations Among  
CHAPTER 5: The Normal Distribution
Properties of the Normal Distribution  
Standard (Z) Scores  
The Standard Normal Distribution  
The Standard Normal Table  
Transforming Proportions (or Percentages) Into Z Scores  
CHAPTER 6: Sampling and Sampling Distributions
The Concept of the Sampling Distribution  
The Sampling Distribution of the Mean  
The Central Limit Theorem  
Statistics in Practice: The Central Limit Theorem  
CHAPTER 7: Estimation
Estimation Defined  
Procedures for Estimating Confidence Intervals for Means  
Confidence Intervals for Proportions  
Statistics in Practice: The 2012 Benghazi Terrorist Attack Investigation  
A Cautionary Note: The Margin of Error  
CHAPTER 8: Testing Hypotheses
Assumptions of Statistical Hypothesis Testing  
Stating the Research and Null Hypotheses  
Determining What Is Sufficiently Improbable: Probability Values and Alpha  
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing: A Summary  
Errors in Hypothesis Testing  
Statistics in Practice: The Earnings of White Women  
Testing Hypotheses About Two Samples  
The Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means  
Population Variances Are Assumed to Be Unequal  
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing About Difference Between Means: A Summary  
Focus on Interpretation: Cigarette Use Among Teens  
Testing the Significance of the Difference Between Two Sample Proportions  
Statistics in Practice: Comparing First- and Second-Generation Hispanic Americans  
Is There a Significant Difference?  
Reading the Research Literature: Reporting the Results of Statistical Hypothesis Testing  
CHAPTER 9: Bivariate Tables
Independent and Dependent Variables  
How to Construct a Bivariate Table: Race and Home Ownership  
How to Compute Percentages in a Bivariate Table  
How to Deal With Ambiguous Relationships Between Variables  
Reading the Research Literature: Place of Death in America  
The Properties of a Bivariate Relationship  
The Concept of Chi-Square as a Statistical Test  
The Concept of Statistical Independence  
The Structure of Hypothesis Testing With Chi-Square  
Sample Size and Statistical Significance for Chi-Square  
Focus on Interpretation: Education and Health Assessment  
Proportional Reduction of Error: A Brief Introduction  
What Is Strong? What Is Weak? A Guide to Interpretation  
Lambda: A Measure of Association for Nominal Variables  
Cramer’s V: A Chi-Square-Related Measure of Association for Nominal Variables  
Focus on Interpretation: Gamma and Kendall’s Tau-b  
Using Ordinal Measures With Dichotomous Variables  
Focus on Interpretation: The Gender Gap in Gun Control  
CHAPTER 10: Analysis of Variance
Understanding Analysis of Variance  
The Structure of Hypothesis Testing With ANOVA  
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing: A Summary  
Assessing the Relationship Between Variables  
Focus on Interpretation: Are Immigrants Good for America’s Economy?  
Reading the Research Literature: Stresses and Strains Among Grandmother Caregivers  
CHAPTER 11: Regression and Correlation
The Scatter Diagram  
Linear Relations and Prediction Rules  
Statistics in Practice: Median Household Income and Criminal Behavior  
Methods for Assessing the Accuracy of Predictions  
Statistics in Practice: Teen Pregnancy and Social Inequality  
Focus on Interpretation: The Marriage Penalty in Earnings  
A Cautionary Note: Spurious Correlations and Confounding Effects  
Appendix A. The Standard Normal Table
Appendix B. Distribution of t
Appendix C. Distribution of Chi-Square
Appendix D. Distribution of F
Appendix E. A Basic Math Review
Learning Check Solutions
Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises


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This text provides concise explanations of statistics. Theory is explained clearly and would help any student understand the basic principles. The examples provided for each topic are beneficial and provides the reader with the opportunity to gain a deeper level of knowledge and understanding.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
January 5, 2018

Social Statistics for a Diverse Society is a good introduction for students who need to look at statistics. The information is clear and concise which makes it easier for students to follow and it is packed with relevant examples from real data collections of social issues which makes it relevant to students. This book also supports students with interpreting the data, focusing on the diverse society which enables them to identify key concepts.

Mrs Helen Clarke
Health, Salisbury College
July 11, 2017

This text offers students a one-stop shop for quantitative analysis. It provides clear instruction through quantitative analysis methods and uses contemporary and accessible data sets to enable readers to see the significance and relevance. An highly recommended text.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
July 14, 2016

Although an excellent and interesting read, the book was not suitable for the module I teach on. Excellent read though!

Miss Elizabeth Selina Green
Business and Law, University of the West Of England
June 9, 2015

Recommended resurce, and also shared with other faculty teaching stats and research methods.

Dr Mudita Rastogi
School Of Psych Behav Sci, Argosy University-Schaumburg
April 2, 2015

The technical information was clearly presented. I appreciated the critical stance on social science.

Ms Casadi Marino
Grad School Of Social Work, Portland State University
April 2, 2015

It is a more user-friendly stats book compared to Weinbach & Grinnell. The use of illustrations and layout increase the user-friendliness of the textbook.

Ms Beckie Child
Grad School Of Social Work, Portland State University
February 3, 2015

Seems straightforward and accessible. I appreciate the focus on diversity for the examples.

Sarah Carroll
Clinical Psychology, Wright Institute
January 5, 2015

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Anna Leon-Guerrero

Anna Leon-Guerrero is a professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A recipient of the university’s Faculty Excellence Award and the K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research, she teaches courses on statistics, sociological theory, and social problems. As a social service program evaluator and consultant, she has focused her research on welfare reform, employment strategies for the working poor, and program assessment. She is the coauthor of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society and Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society (with Chava Frankfort-Nachmias). More About Author

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the coauthor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (with David Nachmias), coeditor of Sappho in the Holy Land (with Erella Shadmi) and numerous publications on ethnicity and development, urban revitalization, science and gender, and women in Israel. She was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin System teaching improvement grant on integrating race, ethnicity, and gender into the social statistics and research methods curriculum. She is also the coauthor (with Anna Leon-Guerrero) of Social... More About Author

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