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Explaining Psychological Statistics, 3rd Edition Hardcover – October 12, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470007181 ISBN-10: 0470007184 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 3rd edition (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470007184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470007181
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In conclusion, Cohen's text provides a clear, comprehensive, and modern survey of the most commonly used staistical methods for psychological reseearch.  After using the book to learn about these procedures in a statistics course, students and instructors alike will also find it a valuable reference as they progress through their research careers." (Comptes Rendues de Lecture Book Reviews)

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"I teach a Master’s level, one-semester statistics course, and it is a challenge to find a textbook that is at the right level...Barry Cohen’s book is the best one I have found.... I like the fact that the chapters have different sections that allow the professor to decide how much depth of coverage to include in his/her course...(T)his is a strong and improved edition of an already good book."
—Karen Caplovitz Barrett, Ph.D., Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

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"...(T)he quality is uniformly good...This is not the first statistics text I have read but it is one of the best."
—Michael Dosch, CRNA, MS, Doctoral Student in College of Education, Wayne State University


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For a third edition, this seems pretty unacceptable.
DG
This book is excellent for those who are going to start learning statistics (every thing is explained very well from very beginning!)
Valentyna M
I would highly recommend this book to all instructors, as well as students taking statistics courses.
Samantha G.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Valentyna M on July 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For a while, I was looking for a good book on statistics, and finally, I found it! This book is excellent for those who are going to start learning statistics (every thing is explained very well from very beginning!) as well as for those (like me) who look for more advanced books. It is almost perfect! It has precise and clear explanations, simple brief examples, thoughtfully chosen questions and tasks at the end of each chapter, good overall organization. Every word (well, sentence) contributes to understanding of concepts, no unnecessary information, no waste of time. Every new concept is built on the previous ones, no gaps in explanation, no unanswered questions. It feels as if the author follows a reader's mind, if some questions arise they get answered in the next paragraphs. Pure pleasure! Ultimate book on statistics! Highly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Green on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Look, here's the bottom line: This is the best book for learning psychological statistics.

Perhaps even more importantly, this was one of the very few books I refuse to sell back after taking the class. I have already used this book on multiple occasions in my work, and have even lent it to a friend for reference. What's more, before I could even start to complain about some minor errors - the author created a website with an entire list of all known errors so that you may correct them. That link is here:

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Certainly if a 4th edition comes out they will be corrected. For a future edition, I cannot come up with any improvements except that if it was possible, it would be really helpful to have a page in the appendix (or accompanying certain sections) explaining how to do certain things on the calculator that are appropriate to the text. Perhaps choosing a popular calculator (like the TI-83+) etc.

I also have had the pleasure of meeting, and working with the author, Dr. Barry Cohen. From the combination of reading this book, taking his class on statistics, and meeting with him personally, I have concluded he is one of the top people in the nation in this field. He has on many occasions, pointed out and corrected other highly acclaimed statistiscans in both other statistics textbooks, as well as in the psychology field in general all with a humble attitude.

It's also a book that is possible to read without a class - though I don't really recommend that for any subject.

Overall:

Pros: As clear and thorough enough without getting too complicated for what can seem like an incredibly complex subject. It is about as close to you get as being able to read a textbook like a novel. It is also split into sections A, B and C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By britannicus on February 20, 2011
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I have taken several statistics courses, each using different books, and this is by far the best! It is written so that anyone can understand it, not just statisticians, which is nice, because if you are like me, statistics doesn't come easily to you. I recommend this to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Mandelbaum on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Barry H. Cohen is the best statistics professor I have ever had. His textbook reads like a novel. He knows how to explain processes very well and allows students to develop mastery in a thoughtful manner, which raises their confidence and interest in the subject. You will enjoy using his textbooks, even if you're math phobic. I refer to mine consistently even after all of these years in graduate school.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Namad on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After a 4 year hiatus from my undergraduate days studying psychology, taking Masters Statistics was daunting to say the least. I had the pleasure of working with Barry Cohen, the author of this book, and he made the class pleasurable while the book made learning the formulas and applications and theories behind them as painless as stats can be. the chapter reviews and formula summaries at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful. The organization and flow of the book is logical and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book (and Dr. Cohen's Class!)
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By Tomas on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very helpful textbook even to understand statistics at the basic graduate level. It allows you to choose the level of depth you want to get to and the examples are most of the time easily understandable.
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By A. C. on January 6, 2014
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I bought this book for a class (no choice in the matter) and this could be the worst textbook that I have ever had in any subject... ever. I'm one of those students that reads the whole chapter, highlights, takes notes, etc. and I even have a 4.0, so I'm not writing this because I hate school or stats or anything... this book is just terrible and makes even the simplest concepts confusing. In the end, I had to buy a different textbook in order to do well in the class. If you don't need this book for specific homework assignments, then don't buy it. Get a GOOD text book and just use that.
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By kmennie on September 22, 2013
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This is the most convoluted stats book in all of history. I'm typically a A student in stats and this book finds a way to confuse even the most basic concepts.
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