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Reading & Understanding Multivariate Statistics Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1557982735 ISBN-10: 1557982732 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557982732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557982735
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book and easy read.
Thomas Drury
Now when I look back at the mathematical interpretation again it means so much more.
G. A. Dawson
It is a great reference to have when planning research.
Chava79

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Swartz on June 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
As someone who has tried to teach multivariate statistics to non-statistician graduate students for the past 5 years, I have found this to be a very valuable and clearly-written text. As advertised and as the previous reviewer noted, the text is largely free of complex statistical equations and instead has clear descriptions of each type of test as well as common applications of that test. It is a perfect introduction for students who are intimidated by numbers and equations yet need to know about multivariate statistics for their graduate studies.
The book has several weaknesses that I found require supplementing with other texts. For one, there is no tie-in with major computerized statistical applications like SPSS and SAS nor are there example exercises for students to run and interpret statistical tests for themselves. I have found such exercises to be invaluable in teaching the meaning and uses of multivariate tests. There also should have been a discussion of general issues that cut across the different multivariate tests such as data cleaning, data transformation, the role of correlation matrices and the like and so on. For coverage of these issues, I have found it helpful to use chapters from Tabachnik and Fidel's Using Multivariate Statistics text. Finally, a number of tests, such as survival analysis are not covered in this text, though a second volume by the same authors does cover survival analysis as well as other techniques and should be considered as a companion volume as well.
In sum, this is an excellent and unusually clearly written text that is ideal for non-statistician graduate students in the social sciences. More in-depth analysis of important issues related to multivariate statistics and classroom exercises using statistical computer applications requires augmenting this text with additional readings.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1999
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The book is an overview of a variety of multivariate statistical techniques. The book is geared as a companion to a heavy duty stats textbook, with the purpose of providing conceptual discussions of each of the techniques. And it succeeds brilliantly. The authors of each chapter treat the topic statistic with very little, if any Greek, plenty of concrete examples, and clearly delineate the assumptions of the statistical procedure, when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use the procedure, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. If what you want is simply to get a good, practical, conceptual understanding of a statistical procedure and its uses, without any of the theoretical, mathematical derivations, this is the book for you!! This book literally saved my grade in my multivariate stats class. No grad student should be without this.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By debvh on October 31, 2002
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"Reading and Understanding Multivariate Statistics" achieves exactly what its title implies. Geared toward non-statisticians in behavioral and social science fields, this book provides clear and reasonably simple explanations of some of the most common multivariate analyses. Each chapter focuses on a different analysis and presents its conceptual underpinnings, underlying assumptions, and basic procedures with a minimum of equations and many concrete examples. It does not teach you how to perform the analyses but does provide references for those who wish to get more detailed information. As a research scientist who doesn't always remember everything I learned in graduate statistics class, I find this book an invaluable aid keeping up with the current literature in my field and in making the most of statistical consultations. This book is ideal for anyone whose job requires them to be a "consumer" of research; for researchers who wish to further their understanding of data analysis; and as a companion text for graduate statistics classes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chava79 on August 6, 2003
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In many introductory statistics courses you usually do not cover multivariate statistics. This book and its companion volume are useful for anyone in upper level undergraduate or graduate programs. It is a great reference to have when planning research.
You can read it all at once to get a general understanding of this area or you can look at it as you need it as a reference. It was much better than the statistics books I have had as required reading in courses. It's a great resource overall!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Dawson on November 5, 2004
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I've long wanted a better explanation of Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues than I recieved in a econometrics or statistics textbook. This book gives me an incredibly clear understanding of what they are. Now when I look back at the mathematical interpretation again it means so much more. This is a fantastic book that would highly recommend to anyone wanting a clear conceptual understanding of these sophisticated topics. 5 stars, no questions about it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on April 16, 2012
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Lawrence Grimm and Paul Yarnold have written this book for researchers who need a better understanding of a variety of multivariate statistical methods to read and evaluate published research. They note that this need is not well-addressed by most multivariate statistics textbooks, which "...are not written for the consumer of research or the novice to a particular statistical method. They are much more focused on the fine details of algorithms and formulas for analyzing data."

This book has a more applied focus. It describes the fundamental concepts of each multivariate procedure, reviews the statistical assumptions and terminology associated with it, and demonstrates how each procedure can be used to analyze data from real research studies. Although the authors assume no prior learning about multivariate statistics, they do assume their readers are familiar with basic univariate methods. Following an introductory chapter on statistical foundations, the book contains chapter-length discussions of nine multivariate methods used in psychology, business, and related fields. The methods are: multiple regression, path analysis, factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, cross-classified data analysis, logistic regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, and meta-analysis.

The authors present concepts clearly and illustrate their use with extended examples. The book is recommended as a supplemental resource to the primary text in a multivariate analysis class. It is also recommended as a reference for practicing researchers as they review literature and consider adopting new methods. Readers may also benefit from the authors' subsequent book, Reading and Understanding More Multivariate Statistics:, which focuses on scales of measurement.
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