Simple Statistics

Simple Statistics : Applications in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Simple Statistics provides a concise and compelling introduction to basic statistics for students of criminology and criminal justice. Written in a conversational tone, it does not "dumb down" the material; instead, it demonstrates the value of statistical thinking and reasoning in context. The text covers essential techniques instead of attempting to provide an encyclopedic sweep of all statistical procedures. Author Terance D. Miethe illustrates how verbal statements and other types of information are converted into statistical codes, measures, and variables. While most statistics texts emphasize how to do statistical procedures, they often neglect to explain why we do them. This unique book covers both areas, and the problems at the end of each chapter focus on applications, offering even more context for "why we do" these procedures. Simple Statistics uses hand computation methods to demonstrate how to apply the various statistical procedures, and most chapters include an optional section on how to do these procedures in SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Helpful examples illustrate each statistical procedure, and specific problems, detailed summaries, key terms, and major formulas are provided at the end of each chapter to further highlight major points. A comprehensive Instructor's Manual is also available.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 175.26 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • figures & tables
  • 0195330714
  • 9780195330717

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Throughout this book, the author explains the relevance of statistical techniques * not just the mechanics. The conversational style is engaging, encouraging students to keep reading and realize that they can master statistics. The book distinguishes itself from other texts by paring down what students are expected to learn. * What makes Simple Statistics distinctive is its remarkable balance between extremely technical statistics texts that are not written in a student-friendly fashion and oversimplified texts. Miethe writes in an exceptionally readable style, challenging students without intimidating them. Another key strength is the book's use of actual crime data, demonstrating the real-world applications of major statistical concepts. * Kent Kerley, University of Alabama, Birmingham *show more

Table of contents

1. INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL THINKING; 2. GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT (GIGO); 3. ISSUES IN DATA PREPARATION; 4. DISPLAYING DATA IN TABLES AND GRAPHIC FORMS; 5. MODES, MEDIANS, MEANS, AND MORE; 6. MEASURES OF VARIATION AND DISPERSION; 7. THE NORMAL CURVE AND SAMPLING DISTRIBUTIONS; 8. PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND CONFIDENCE INTERVALS; 9. INTRODUCTION TO HYPOTHESIS TESTING; 10. HYPOTHESIS TESTING FOR MEANS AND PROPORTIONS; 11. STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION IN CONTINGENCY TABLES; 12. THE ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE (ANOVA); 13. CORRELATION AND REGRESSION; 14. INTRODUCTION TO MULTIVARIATE ANALYSISshow more

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