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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd Edition (Introducing Statistical Methods) Paperback – January 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1847879073 ISBN-10: 1847879071 Edition: 3rd
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'The mathematics behind the tests is always given in considerable detail. This is admirable and helps students to see the logics behind the tests...I like the exploration of the various options for the tests he discusses, and the discussions of the pros and cons of specific variants of tests' - Nurse Researcher

About the Author

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods. His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats, and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë and Fuzzy the cat.

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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing Statistical Methods
  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 3rd edition (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847879071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847879073
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Luse on November 12, 2009
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Discovering Stats is the best Stats book I have ever used! I am a Phd student, so of course I have to take a lot of Stats classes. I can not say enough about the great job Andy Field does in breaking down formulas and explaining each step of the process in a concise, to the point manner and how to use SPSS. I am never confused in reading this book and use at as my main text in replace of the class text book. Every other text I have ever had gets blown out of the water by this one. I wish I had this in undergrad.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BookMan VINE VOICE on December 9, 2009
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I've now endured one of the most miserable courses I've ever taken - a course on statistics. That course was consistent with what one might expect to exemplify typical stats courses everywhere - dry, boring, and no regard whatsoever for those who really want to know about the subject but have limited backgrounds. The primary text we used for that course was literally one of the worst I've ever come across, besides the fact that that book was nearly $200; it was poorly written and nearly comprehensible. I'd rather have hemorrhoids lanced than to have to read that book (or any part of it) again. Then, to compound matters, asking the instructor about the veritable tsunami of nearly incomprehensible material we covered in the class only led to suggestions that we go back and "read the text."

In an effort to survive, I tried everything I could think of just to get through the course - I bought numerous other books on stats and conducted endless online searches just to hang on to my sanity. I came across "Discovering Statistics Using SPSS" while combing Amazon for other resources and, while the book is somewhat expensive (although it is still far less than the text we were subjected to),given the fact that so many others had already given it a high rating, I took a chance: this book turned into a lifesaver! I only wish that we used this book instead of our assigned text. I'm very glad I purchased this book and can only hope that it will find use in classes such as the one I just suffered through.

Finally, I can't help but note a comment from the previous reviewer concerning the coverage of "syntax" - this book is NOT about every last advanced feature found in SPSS (which, is also a very non-intuitive and highly complex program), nor should it be!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Lamp on June 14, 2009
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This book was recommended by the instructor. It's a lot of book, and at times difficult to find the exact information you need. There were a lot of long-winded explanations that sometimes confused. The author is Welsh, so there are a lot of references to that culture that Americans might not understand.
On the other hand, it was helpful for correlation and regression analysis.
I bought the SPSS Survival Manual by Julie Pallant also. I ended up using it more often, as I could get to the information I needed for a particular task faster.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Glenn on March 15, 2011
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I wanted a stats book that would tell me how to select analyses, run them in SPSS, and interpret the output, and that's exactly what this book does. The terms/jargon/formulas are kept to a minimum. This is a very practical, very easy to use book. Andy Field is TERRIFIC and making concepts clear, getting to the point, and even making me laugh while trying to figure out if In need to run an ANCOVA or a repeated-measures ANOVA. Great, great book.

If you're really into stats and numbers this might not be the book for you. If you're looking for how to run analyses in SPSS, and do it well, and you don't feel the need to know how to do it by hand, you will love this book. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stylish on July 1, 2010
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Most stats and SPSS books are incomplete and/or difficult to understand, as if the authors are the keepers of this mysterious knowledge, and it can only be shared in the classroom. This book, however, has everything. The FULL explanation of every type of analysis, what all of the terms mean, step-by-step instructions in SPSS RE: how to run the analysis, with pictures of the windows in SPSS, plus pictures of every output box and a clear explanation of what's in the output. FINALLY! Plus, it's actually a pretty engaging read, with some humor and personal stories to keep your interest. For all that you get, it's an excellent value; high recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ReviewerXX on May 4, 2009
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I find this boook to be extremely helpful. It explains the psychology statistics in a very easy to understand conversational manner. Each SPSS test is described in thourough detail with full color examples and each output box is thouroughly explained. The only thing that prevented me from giving this a perfect 5 is that the ink seems to have never completley dried. Since I handle this book a lot I am finding that the text can smudge very easily.I have to treat it with extra care or the words could easily become incomprehensible. Overall 4 and 1/2 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dale Floody on December 15, 2010
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I've been teaching statistics for 37 years, as well as consulting with undergraduates, graduate students, colleagues and professionals in the community. For most of that time, SPSS has been my computer program of choice. Unfortunately, SPSS has a maddening tendency to revision every couple of years, and those revisions often make it difficult to figure out how to get things done with the program. There are plenty of other reviews herein that outline what is covered in the book. I've looked at a number of books designed to facilitate using SPSS, and Field's book is clearly my first choice. It occupies a prominent place in my office. My only complaint is that it's a bit heavy to carry home from time to time. What more can I say?
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