Statistics : A Component of the Research Process, 2nd Edition

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This book provides a general discussion beneficial to librarians and library school students, and demonstrates the steps of the research process, decisions made in the selection of a statistical technique, how to program a computer to perform number crunching, how to compute those statistical techniques appearing most frequently in the literature of library and information science, and examples from the literature of the uses of different statistical techniques. The book accomplishes the following objectives: to provide an overview of the research process and to show where statistics fit in; to identify journals in library and information science most likely to publish research articles; to identify reference tools that provide access to the research literature; to show how microcomputers can be programmed to engage in number crunching; to introduce basic statistical concepts and terminology; to present basic statistical procedures that appear most frequently in the literature of library and information science and that have application to library decision making; to discuss library decision support systems and show the types of statistical techniques they can perform; and to summarize the major decisions that researchers must address in deciding which statistical techniques to employ.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 159 x 235.2 x 19.56mm | 530.7g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1567500927
  • 9781567500929

Table of contents

Preface Research, Evaluation, and Statistics: An Overview Access to the Research Literature Data Analysis Using Microcomputers Basic Concepts The Descriptive Presentation of Data Hypotheses Testing and Statistical Inferences The t-test, Mann-Whitney U Test, Chi-square Test of Independence, Phi Coefficient, and Cramer's V. Correlation Analysis of Variance, Regression, Correspondence Analysis, and Factor Analysis Decision Support Systems and Performance Measures Summary Appendix A: Partial Checklist of Decision Points for Developing a Cover Letter and Questionnaire Appendix B: Determination of Sample Size: Sources and Software Bibliography Author Index Subject Index
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