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Statistics in Plain English, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Timothy C. Urdan
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February 22, 2005 0805852417 978-0805852417 2

Statistics in Plain English, Second Edition provides a brief, simple overview of statistics to help readers gain a better understanding of how statistics work and how to interpret them correctly.

It presents brief explanations of statistical concepts and techniques in simple, everyday language. Each self-contained chapter consists of three sections. The first describes the statistic, including how it is used and what information it provides. The second section reviews how it works, how to calculate the formula, the strengths and weaknesses of the technique, and the conditions needed for its use. The final section provides examples that use and interpret the statistic. A glossary of terms and symbols is also included.

New features in the second edition include:

  • an interactive CD with PowerPoint presentations and problems for each chapter including an overview of the problem's solution;
  • new chapters on basic research concepts including sampling, definitions of different types of variables, and basic research designs and one on nonparametric statistics;
  • more graphs and more precise descriptions of each statistic; and
  • a discussion of confidence intervals.

This brief paperback is an ideal supplement for statistics, research methods, courses that use statistics, or as a reference tool to refresh one's memory about key concepts. The actual research examples are from psychology, education, and other social and behavioral sciences.

Materials formerly available with this book on CD-ROM are now available for download from our website Go to the book's page and look for the 'Download' link in the right-hand column.

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"[This book] provides concise explanations of a number of statistical concepts and techniques in easy-to-understand language. The book is an ideal supplement for statistics, research methods, courses that use statistics, or as a handy reference tool to refresh one's memory about key concepts." -

"The author writes quite clearly--better than the average quantitative is a nice supplement that could be used in lab sessions and for personal discusses many basic ideas in easily understandable language, and the 'hands on' experience that students get is likely to be very valuable."
Keith F. Widaman, Ph.D., University of California at Davis

"...I have often recommended [this book] to education students when they ask for a 'statistics made simple' book....Their reactions have always been very favorable...I would...recommend a book such as this for an undergraduate course."
—Shlomo Sawilowsky, Ph.D., Wayne State University

"The writing style and content is easy to understand....The examples are excellent...this text works well as an introductory text for my grad students to use outside of the classroom." — Juliet A. Davis, Ph.D., University of Alabama

About the Author

Tim Urdanis an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Since 2001, he has served on the editorial board forContemporary Educational Psychologyand theJournal of Educational Psychology.He conducts research on adolescent development, motivation, and classroom environments.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 2 edition (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805852417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805852417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.2 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good even for statisticians December 2, 2007
This book is useful for those who use statistics while they donnot go deep into theory and advanced topics. It's got good interpretation for formulas and the main topics of statistics supported with nice examples. It's even good for Statistics undergraduate students who are victims of teachers who love theory without connection to the real life. This books aims to go through the main topics in statistics (non-advanced topics) and then it explains its formulas with nice interpretation and connection to the real life and with good examples as well. Although advanced topics like (logistic regression and many others) are not included, but it gives you a good basis for interpretation of what's going on in statistics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! November 24, 2007
By Nata
I'm having to take statistics course for my Master's, and I was OK with our course textbook until we reached t tests. I was really stuck, and I must have read at least a dozen various sources trying to comprehend the topic, but it remained beyond my limited abilities. When I finally came across this book, it all clicked! And it even started looking rather simple! I'm totally impressed by author's ability to explain statistical concepts in simple, down-to-earth language. If you're struggling with statistics, but can't avoid it, I'm sure this book will be of great help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best statistics book I've read November 8, 2005
What an easy book to read! It explains important statistical concepts clearly enough for anyone to grasp. A must read for any struggling statistic student or even students who want a better understanding of the material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book November 8, 2007
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I purchased this book to review stats for a course I'm taking in graduate school. The title says it all. This book is written in a very conversational way. As a result, the concepts are easy to understand. Unlike most text books, this book isn't trying to overwhelm you with information. The book simply explains the concept and it's usage, using some easy to understand examples. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible introduction. March 19, 2010
By Prazzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have not worked through the whole book yet, but the chapters that I have read are clear and very easy to understand. The glossary of terms at the end of each chapter is excellent. Definitions provided by my lecturer often make little sense to me, but in this book, it is truly in plain English. This book increases my confidence in my ability to work with statistics.

The Kindle edition obviously does not come with the CD, but I found that the CD is available for free download online (legally, from the publisher's website). The CD contains interactive problems and PowerPoint presentations of each chapter, so it is a good companion to the book.


I passed my statistics course, thanks to this book. The Kindle edition contains several errors, clearly made during the electronic conversion process. For example, some characters weren't converted correctly, so that it becomes difficult to distinguish between + (addition) and ÷ (division) symbols. These types of errors mostly occur in the example equations. When they didn't make sense, I read the text again to figure out what the examples were supposed to look like. Despite such minor glitches, the book was very helpful, particularly so for being a searchable Kindle ebook.
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