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Statistics Alive!

Statistics Alive!

Second Edition

July 2010 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Based on years of first-hand teaching experience, Wendy J. Steinberg has created Statistics Alive!, the most user-friendly statistics text for students in the social and behavioral sciences, now in its Second Edition. She believes that this audience can master basic statistics—especially the mechanics and the underlying logic of hypothesis testing—by employing a conceptual, modular approach without dumbing down the presentation. While this textbook includes must-have topics such as frequency distributions, hypothesis formation, and inferential statistics and bivariate regression, it also includes concepts of sampling error, significant differences, and Type 1 and Type 2 errors throughout. Also, effect size and power, often shortchanged in other textbooks, each get substantive treatment. Students are well prepared for a next course in statistics.

Key Features

The modular treatment allows students to master prescribed chunks of information before continuing to the next module.

Mathematical proofs are minimized, in favor of verbal explanations.

Strong pedagogy throughout includes a series of learning objectives and key terms in the beginning of each chapter to scaffold the student's learning

The "Check Yourself!" questions throughout allow for student knows immediately whether or not he has mastered what he has just read.

The logical similarity of all hypothesis tests is stressed, so that the student understands the meaning of the calculations, as well as which statistics apply to which designs.

A final module provides both a narrative review and a visual flow-chart for matching statistics with designs.

New to the Second Edition

Twice as many chapter exercises

Solutions provided to the student for half of the exercises

A final module on multiple regression and the General Liner Model is included, as a bridge for students continuing on to a second course in statistics

SPSS point-and-click instructions and screen shots of the output for all in-text examples, so that students can solve the exercises both manually and via software

Descriptive dispersion solutions shown using both N and n-1 denominators, to accommodate any instructor's preference

A more comprehensive Student Study Guide and Instructor Resource Guide

A version bound with SPSS Student Version 18.0 is also available (ISBN: 978-1-4129-7951-1).

List of Figures
List of Tables
Supplemental Material for Use With Statistics Alive!
About the Author
Part I. Preliminary Information: "First Things First"
1. Math Review, Vocabulary, and Symbols
2. Measurement Scales
Part II. Tables and Graphs: "On Display"
3. Frequency and Percentile Tables
4. Graphs and Plots
Part III. Central Tendency: "Bull's-Eye"
5. Mode, Median, and Mean
Part IV. Dispersion: "From Here To Eternity"
6. Range, Variance, and Standard Deviation
Part V. The Normal Curve and Standard Scores: "What's the Score?"
7. Percent Area and the Normal Curve
8. z Scores
9. Score Transformations and Their Effects
Part VI. Probability: "Odds Are"
10. Probability Definitions and Theorems
11. The Binomial Distribution
Part VII. Inferential Theory: "Of Truth and Relativity"
12. Sampling, Variables, and Hypotheses
13. Errors and Significance
14. The z Score as a Hypothesis Test
Part VIII. The One-Sample Test: "Are They From Our Part of Town?"
15. Standard Error of the Mean
16. Normal Deviate Z Test
17. One-Sample t Test
18. Interpreting and Reporting One-Sample t: Error, Confidence, and Parameter Estimates
Part IX. The Two-Sample Test: "Ours Is Better Than Yours"
19. Standard Error of the Difference Between the Means
20. t Test With Independent Samples and Equal Sample Sizes
21. t test With Unequal Sample Sizes
22. t Test With Related Samples
23. Interpreting and Reporting Two-Sample t: Error, Confidence, and Parameter Estimates
Part X. The Multisample Test: "Ours Is Better Than Yours or Theirs"
24. ANOVA Logic: Sums of Squares, Partitioning, and mean Squares
25. One-Way ANOVA: Independent Samples and Equal Sample Sizes
Part XI. Post Hoc Tests: "So Who's Responsible?"
26. Turkey HSD Test
27. Scheffé Test
Part XII. More Than One Idependent Variable: "Double Dutch Jump Rope"
28. Main Effects and Interaction Effects
29. Factorial ANOVA
Part XIII. Nonparametric Statistics: "Without Form or Void"
30. One-Variable Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
31. Two-Variable Chi-Square: Test of Independence
Part XIV. Effect Size and Power: "How Much Is Enough?"
32. Measures of Effect Size
33. Power and the Factors Effecting It
Part XV. Correlation: "Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go"
34. Relationship Strength and Direction
35. Pearson r
36. Correlation Pitfalls
Part XVI. Linear Prediction: "You're So Predictable"
37. Linear Prediction
38. Standard Error of Prediction
39. Introduction to Multiple Regression
Part XVII. Review: "Say It Again, Sam"
40. Selecting the Appropriate Analysis
Appendix A: Normal Curve Table
Appendix B: Binomial Table
Appendix C: t Table
Appendix D: F Table (ANOVA)
Appendix E: Studentized Range Statistic (for Tukey HSD)
Appendix F: Chi-Square Table
Appendix G: Correlation Table
Appendix H: Odd Solutions Texbook Exercises


Companion Study Site
Instructor Teaching Site

Instructors have access to the following password-protected resources:
  • Instructor’s Manual including teaching tips
  • PowerPoint’s
  • Test bank
  • Answers to all in-text exercises

Student Study Site

Open-access study materials include:
  • SPSS Data Sets
  • Flashcards
  • Web Resources

Course is actually PSY 2335 Statistics for Professional Practice.

Textbook has good review of algebra. Layout is not crowded. It is designed so that non-statistics and even non-psychology majors can find it easy to deal with. Good exercises and examples. Does not appear too daunting for the non-traditional student.

Dr Edith Bogue
Psychology & Sociology Dept, College Of St Scholastica
January 30, 2015

The chapters and content were easy to digest.

Dr Myeshia Price
Psychology Dept, Suny College At Old Westbury
October 31, 2014

Statistics Alive! is student-friendly and relatively inexpensive.

Professor Kristine Eyssell
Psychology, University Of Baltimore
April 2, 2014

This text provided a user-friendly and easy to follow approach for a mixed class of undergraduate students.

Dr Karim Letwinsky
Education Dept, University Of Scranton
March 18, 2014

Excellent book. It was good for the education and psychology graduate students in the course.

Dr George Wimberly
Statistics, Bowie State University
January 3, 2013

To have a common textbook across 3 instructors. Short chapters. Readability.

Dr Michael Biderman
Psychology , University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
August 20, 2012

Easy to understand and lost of exercises!

Professor Carrie Perry
Business Administration Dept, California State University - Fullerton
August 1, 2012

This did not work for the class but I am using it as a resource for additional examples and quiz questions.

Dr Jean Bronk
Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, St Mary's University - Twin Cities
May 28, 2012

It was great! Very easy to understand and very well written!

Dr Ali Boolani
Sports and Health Sciences and Sports Management, American Military University
January 2, 2012

It provides adequate depth of the subject matter without scaring off some of my math phobic students.

Mr Dan DePaulo
Psychology Dept, Rutgers University
September 8, 2011

Wendy Jean Steinberg

Wendy J. Steinberg entered academia midcareer, having spent the first part of her career in high-stakes test development. She holds a PhD in educational psychology with dual concentrations, one in measurement and the other in development and cognition. Teaching is her passion. She views education as a sacred task that teachers and students alike should treat with reverence. She wants this textbook in the hands of every statistics student so that tears will be banished forever from the classroom. A portion of the sale of each textbook goes to charity More About Author

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