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Statistical Persuasion

1st Edition

How to Collect, Analyze, and Present Data...Accurately, Honestly, and Persuasively

Robert W. Pearson
eISBN-13: 9781483389486

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"A number of my students commended the readability of the book....It is truly one of a kind in the most excellent way."
-Elsie Szecsy, Arizona State University

This textbook focuses attention on the conceptual understanding of statistics, the signposts of (in)appropriate research design and quality measurement, the selection of the right statistical tools under different conditions, and the presentation of substantive and technical results.

Key Features

Illustrates statistical and graphical procedures in SPSS and Excel through step-by-step instructions for the analysis of real-world examples and data problems in education, crime, government performance, and program evaluationClearly demonstrates the importance of sound research designs and measurement as well as appropriate statistical proceduresShows how to make persuasive as well as principled statistical arguments and presentations to nonacademic audiencesEmbeds statistical analysis within a political framework, thus alerting students to the temptation to distort data and its interpretation, the limits of dispassionate analysis, and the conditions under which sound analysis can inform decisions

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ISBNs 9781412974967, 9781412974967, 9781483389486, 1483389480
Language eng
Number of Pages 424
Edition 1st