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Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fifth Edition

February 2021 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Communicating the excitement and importance of criminal justice research, this practical and comprehensive book shows students how to perform and understand statistical analyses, while helping them recognize the connection between statistical analyses used in everyday life and their importance to criminology and criminal justice. This updated Fifth Edition is packed with real-world case studies and contemporary examples utilizing the most current crime data and empirical research available. Each chapter presents a particular statistical method in the context of a substantive research story.

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Chapter 1. The Importance of Statistics in the Criminological Sciences or Why Do I have to Learn This Stuff?
PART I. Univariate Analysis: Describing Variable Distributions
Chapter 2. Levels of Measurement and Aggregation
Chapter 3. Understanding Data Distributions: Tabular and Graphical Techniques
Chapter 4. Measures of Central Tendency
Chapter 5. Measures of Dispersion
PART II. Making Inferences in Univariate Analysis: Generalizing From a Sample to the Population
Chapter 6. Probability, Probability Distributions, and an Introduction to Inferential Testing
Chapter 7. Point Estimation and Confidence Intervals
Chapter 8. From Estimation to Statistical Tests: Hypothesis Testing for One Population Mean and Proportion
PART III. Bivariate Analysis: Relationships Between Two Variables
Chapter 9. Testing Hypotheses With Categorical Data
Chapter 10. Hypothesis Tests Involving Two Population Means or Proportions
Chapter 11. Hypothesis Tests Involving Three or More Population Means: Analysis of Variance
Chapter 12. Bivariate Correlation and Regression
PART IV. Multivariable Analysis: Predicting One Dependent Variable with Two or More Independent Variables
Chapter 13. Controlling for a Third Variable: Multiple OLS Regression
Chapter 14. Regression Analysis With a Dichotomous Dependent Variable: Logit Models


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I have used this book for a while. Good content, examples, and details for my grad students.

Dr Jina Lee
Criminal Justice, Grand Valley St. Univ-Eberhard
March 24, 2022

Ronet D. Bachman

Ronet D. Bachman, PhD, worked as a statistician at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, before going back to an academic career; she is now a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of Statistical Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice and coeditor of Explaining Criminals and Crime: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory. In addition, she is the author of Death and Violence on the Reservation and coauthor of Stress, Culture, and Aggression; Murder American Style; and Violence: The Enduring Problem, along with numerous articles and papers... More About Author

Raymond R. Paternoster

Raymond Paternoster, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. He received his B.A. in sociology at the University of Delaware where he was introduced to criminology by Frank Scarpitti and obtained his Ph.D. at Florida State University under the careful and dedicated tutelage of Gordon Waldo and Ted Chiricos. He is coauthor of The Death Penalty: America’s Experience with Capital Punishment. In addition to his interest in statistics, he also pursues questions related to offender decision making and rational choice theory, desistance from crime, and... More About Author

Theodore H. Wilson II

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ISBN: 9781544375700