People are bombarded with statistical data every day, but not many have had training in how to interpret or analyze this information. Kurtz's accessible writing style provides a basic yet sophisticated introduction to understanding and analyzing statistical applications. The book gives careful attention to the flow of ideas and concepts so there is a stream of logic which flows throughout, adding to the book's readability. The book begins with a discussion of methods for describing the distribution of a variable. The introduction of probability avoids the traditional discussion of the basic laws of probability, providing instead an explanation which can be directly applied in the everyday use of statistical probability. The discussion of the book is focused primarily on the relationship of probability to outcomes. Sociologists, psychologists, social workers, political scientists, educators, as well as anyone who wants to analyze data.
A textbook intended to provide students with the capacity to be critical consumers of statistical information. Covers the purpose of social statistics, numerical summaries of data, normal and binomial distribution, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, and the association of discrete data. Appends instructions on basic mathematical procedures and tables of statistics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.