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Statistics For People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics Paperback – December 17, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0761927761 ISBN-10: 076192776X Edition: 2nd
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"I liked its humorous approach, which indeed helps to reduce statistical anxiety. The design of the book is inviting and relaxing, which is a plus. The writing style is great and the presentation is appropriate for my students. A fun and well-written book, it is easy to read and use, and presents statistics in a user-friendly way. I would recommend it for sure." (Dr. Minjuan Wang)

“Salkind’s book is in a class by itself. It is easily the best book of its kind that I have come across. I enthusiastically recommend it for any one interested in the subject, and even (and especially) for those who aren’t!” (Russ Shafer-Landau)

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics really makes students learn and enjoy statistics and research in general. Students especially like the Ten Commandments and Internet sites.” (Valerie Janesick)

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics is definitely the right book for people who have to overcome that familiar anxious feeling when opening a standard statistics book and who having finally managed to do so are still not able to make much sense of it all. The book by Salkind is easy and pleasant to read and one that hardly needs any pre-knowledge of the field to be able to follow the author’s train of thoughts. Salkind has managed to bring statistics home to people who hate statistics or thought they did.” (Dr. Andrea Winkler Statistical Methods in Medical Research)

About the Author

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development. After teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and research in education, where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations, written more than 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, letterpress print using 1820s technology, bake brownies (see the Excel version of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics for the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2nd edition (December 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076192776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761927761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TrailsEndWild VINE VOICE on March 19, 2005
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This is the finest book in its class. As a self-described "math idiot" this text made complex equations simple to understand. Step by step method for each and every equation, explaining what everything means and best of all...WHY it is important. Two thumbs up!
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Statics is unique as a math course as it requires the pupil to make the connection between mathematical operations and what they actually represent in the physical world. This book has assisted me immensely in that endeavor. In a graduate level course, one is not only expected to make that connection but then turn around and apply it to other stuff. If one can grasp it firmly at the undergraduate level, you'll be ahead of the curve later on. Hence, it applies to both levels of education.

I strongly recommend this book. And love the format. It's like having a fun friend sitting beside you whimsically "shooting the breeze" as you study; slipping in theoretical understanding while you're not watching.
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I needed it for class and it is what they wanted and it was cheap. I handed it to the instructor after the class to give to another student. I never used it again.
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By Donna Snow 166 on January 21, 2013
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Great for those who are not very comfortable in statistics yet. It takes an easy approach to explaining statistics and is very easy to understand.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Iyeisha Witherspoon on January 18, 2007
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This book really helped to simplify much of the statistical information that I received in class. I warn that some chapters are more digestible than others but overall it is a good book for someone who is likely to struggle in a statistics class.
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