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Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 4th [Paperback]

Neil J. Salkind
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September 29, 2010 1412979595 978-1412979597 4th

"Your book has changed my perception and attitude towards statistics. It is very well written, the language is completely user friendly and the progression of new concepts within each chapter is fantastic. Although my class is only on chapter 5 at this point, I have found my interest in the concepts and order in which you introduce them becoming greater. I thank you with very much appreciation as I was someone who dreaded taking statistics and thought I hated it!" - Jessica Maes, graduate student

The Fourth Edition of Neil J. Salkind’s bestselling text introduces students to the fundamentals of basic statistics in an informative, personable, and unintimidating way. The author expertly guides students through various statistical procedures, beginning with basic descriptive statistics and correlation and graphical representation of data and ending with inferential techniques including analysis of variance.

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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.


Product Details

  • 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 (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh! July 7, 2011
By R. Post
Format:Paperback
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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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.com is selling the wrong book - DO NOT BUY January 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best stats book I've read or own February 12, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Educational Statistics March 2, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing, poor text February 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Used Statistics Text Book January 6, 2009
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stats made sane 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text for what may be a dull subject 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for those of us who really don't know much about statistics.
Published 3 days ago by Dori Sippial
5.0 out of 5 stars Stats book
I love this book. I teach statistics to beginners and the students have Excel on their computers so this is fantastic for them to compute statistical procedures in class.
Published 1 month ago by M. Rutherford
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but I would like to have received the data disk with the...
The book was excellent, unfortunately the problem sets in the book all refer to a disk which was not included.
Published 2 months ago by Norris G. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars The best stats book ever
I love it, I go back and re-read it sometimes as if it were a novel. Also, it doesn't even feel like a textbook. It's amazing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daina Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I had to return the book for a different version, but this book was useful while I still had it.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Continuity
This book has a three star rating based on the inability to easily access work problems that do not align with the book content.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia K. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The way the book is written, very understandable!!! Makes you like statistics and learn as much as possible with the steps explained!!
Published 5 months ago by stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Statistics Can be Fun
This is a book that you might be able to judge by its cover. The title does not disappoint. Easy to read, comprehend, and apply.
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Maxey
5.0 out of 5 stars Stats
This isn't such a bad book considering that it is stats. It's required for the class but it has been ok to read.
Published 5 months ago by nangarcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough to understand
Don't let the title fool you - this is not a statistics-made-easy kind of book. I got pretty lost in it, as it was a required textbook for a graduate statistics class. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julia Duin
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