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In Just Plain Data Analysis, Gary Klass analyzes simple statistics that involve sophisticated reasoning. This book cuts through paradoxes, fallacies and socially-constructed statistics to uncover the basic elements of data analysis. A must-read for anyone interested in statistical literacy. (Milo Schield)

As a teacher of research methods, I have been waiting for a book like Just Plain Data Analysis. By focusing on finding, presenting and interpreting data, Klass encourages students to develop the critical thinking skills that they will need once they leave the university. The writing is clear and the examples are excellent. The discussion of reliability, validity, and ecological fallacy is the best I have read in an undergraduate text. The many table and chart examples will help students improve their skills. (Bill Wilkerson)

This short book is a useful supplement to traditional statistics and research method texts....Recommended. (Choice)

With humor and political balance, Just Plain Data Analysis offers a pithy guide to finding, presenting and interpreting social science data ranging from crime to elections. Recommended for students, teachers and policymakers who want to understand where the data comes from and how to use it responsibly. (Mark Maier)

About the Author

Gary M. Klass is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; First Edition edition (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742560538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742560536
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Coyle on September 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Compelling presentation for anyone interested in understanding how statistics are used to communicate and influence.
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