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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4th edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412979595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412979597
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent user-friendly resource. Only gets better edition after edition." (Dr. Roberto Torres)

“I am taking statistics at the graduate level for a Masters program, late in life I might add, and I hate statistics to the depth, breadth, and volume of all the oceans of all the earth combined. This text has helped me more than any other. Even more, I love brownies. And the recipe is fabulous. Thanks.” (Bruce Bailey 2011-09-01)

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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Neil J. Salkind received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in the Institute for Child Study and has been a faculty member at the University of Kansas for 33 years. He has published over 80 professional papers, and is the author of several college level textbooks including Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, Theories of Human Development and Tests and Measurements for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests and Measurements. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and also works as a literary agent for Studio B. When he's not typing away, he enjoys reading, collecting signed first editions, cooking, competitive Masters swimming, chocolate in almost any form and working on vintage Volvos and living with Leni.

Customer Reviews

I wish we used this book in my stats class.
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This book provided very good, easy to understand explanations of statistical topics.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Post on July 7, 2011
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This book has been quite a challenge. The material itself is not hard and is well explained. The only problem is ALL THE ERRORS IN THE BOOK!! There are so many errors, it nearly makes it impossible to learn. Every chapter you have to go to the website to look up the correct formulas or data sets or answers for the back of the book. Incredibly frustrating. I'm just trying to do my work and learn for grad school. This book is not helping me keep my stress level down. The idea for the book is good. When the errors get corrected, the information will be very helpful.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brennan Gamwell on January 27, 2011
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For students wanting to save paper and read on the go, DO NOT BUY the e-book version of this text. Amazon.com has mislabeled the item as the fourth edition of "Statistics for People..." The e-book is actually an old version of the Excel Edition, which differs substantially from the title advertised on the page.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2011
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I have eight stats books in my bookshelf, from Dummy's Guides to college textbooks. Salkind's text presented the material, seemingly directed toward graduate students, in the most clear and easy to understand manner of all I've read. It was actually enjoyable to read. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 2, 2011
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This book was easy to understand. If your focus of study is Statistics this book may not provide you with enough information to interpret your results as in depth as you need to. If you are taking a stats class as a requirement for an unrelated degree, you will love it. I made it through graduate level Educational Statistics with a comfortable "A".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Skabroud on February 21, 2013
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As an educator, I reviewed this text and found it woefully inappropriate for use in higher education due to the errors within the textbook in definitions of terms and in the sample answers in the back of the text. They simply do not coorelate and are worse than having no answer as it discourages every learner that looks for guidance and reinforcement that they havea correct answer and are understandign a concept. They should issue refunds to anyone who purchased the book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 6, 2009
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This was my first time using Amazon.com, and I must say that I am very pleased. The book that I received at a reasonable used-book-price is in such good condition that it doesn't even look like anyone has ever opened it.

As for the book itself, "Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics", I have found this book to be very helpful in my undergraduate-level, independent study of advanced statistics. The author's writing style is both engaging and humorous, and he carefully explains each concept and equation, using many helpful examples along the way to clear up any confusion. Obviously, he has taught the material to students many times himself, so he can identify common pitfalls that students may be caught in as they learn a subject that is both daunting and necessary- statistics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2011
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I wish I had this book earlier. He explains statistics clearly and with a very needed sense of humor. His examples are precise and include both calculations by hand and with SPSS19. The layout of chapters progresses nicely without overwhelming with too many concepts at once.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. Henson on September 7, 2009
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This text is a very easy read and is actually quite entertaining. Salkind uses humor and casual conversation to explain a topic that may otherwise be dull and difficult to unerstand. Each chapter is rated with a difficulty scale.
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