# Understanding Statistical Analysis and Modeling

- Robert Bruhl - University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

**Other Titles in:**

Political Science Statistics | Quantitative/Statistical Research | Sociological Research Methods

**Understanding Statistical Analysis and Modeling** is a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the social, behavioral, or managerial sciences seeking to understand the logic of statistical analysis. Robert Bruhl covers all the basic methods of descriptive and inferential statistics in an accessible manner by way of asking and answering research questions. Concepts are discussed in the context of a specific research project and the book includes probability theory as the basis for understanding statistical inference. Instructions on using SPSS**^{®}** are included so that readers focus on interpreting statistical analysis rather than calculations. Tables are used, rather than formulas, to describe the various calculations involved with statistical analysis and the exercises in the book are intended to encourage students to formulate and execute their own empirical investigations.

### Supplements

Password-protected **Instructor Resources** include the following:

- Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft®
**PowerPoint® slides**offer complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. **Sample syllabi**help you prepare a course using*Understanding Statistical Analysis and Modeling.***Extra exercises**including solutions reinforce the key concepts of each chapter and can be used as**test questions.**- All
**figures and tables**from the book available for download.

The open-access** Student Study Site** includes the following:

**Solutions**to selected exercises and problems from the book**EXCLUSIVE!**Access to multimedia from the**SAGE Research Methods****platform**featuring videos with the author

“This is a well-thought out and designed text that gives students an open and accessible introduction to the concepts and techniques necessary for conducting social science research.”

**Political Science, Southern Illinois University**

“This book presents the opportunity for those teaching statistics to present probability theory in a non-intrusive manner, allowing students to move beyond their fears of probability theory and access one of the most important aspects of really understanding statistics.”

**Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School**

“This text takes a refreshing approach to presenting statistical concepts in a methodologically rigorous yet meaningful way that students will intuitively grasp.”

**Political Science, Bridgewater State University**

“This text has a competitive edge over similar textbooks. I strongly recommend it to students who want to have a clear understanding of how to develop good research questions and select statistical techniques appropriate in answering the research questions.”

**Educational Leadership, Jackson State University**

“Readers will be surprised how much they are learning about statistics and statistical analysis as they read this book. The author presents mathematical concepts by first starting with the familiar and gently guiding the reader in more unfamiliar territory.”

**Political Science, West Texas A&M University**

“This book provides a thorough introduction to statistics. End-of-chapter exercises and SPSS**^{®}** tutorials will greatly enhance students' abilities to transfer skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems.”

**Political Science, University of Northern Iowa**

“Functional and straightforward. A comprehensive introduction to statistics!”

**Sociology, Morehouse College**

“This is a remarkable book that integrates examples, SPSS**^{®}** tutorials, and exercises. The chapters provide an in-depth analysis of the key concepts. This book is an essential resource for advanced-level undergraduate students and graduate students in the study of statistical analysis."

**Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology, Rhode Island College**

“An enjoyable read. The book has the potential to promote numeracy among the general public, and serve as a resource in statistics education.”

**Management, Texas Woman’s University**

### Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 14: Correlation Analysis and Linear Regression_Assessing the Co-Variabil