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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods S.) (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0761944522
ISBN-10: 0761944524
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Editorial Reviews


"Field makes concerted efforts to provide statistical tools in a very lighthearted fashion by throwing in humor, with great success...  Very useful, valuable, and interesting.  Highly recommended." (D.V. Chopra Choice Magazine)

"Aimed at a wide student audience, the objectives are to explain statistics theory and practice in a clear, engaging, user-friendly way, and the book does this well. For the purist, some of the phrasing might be loose and the theory light, but the book works well as an introductory text for its intended audience." (Andrew Millard, Research Officer of Greater Glasgo NHS)

"This text is notable for the breadth of statistics covered and for seamless meshing this content with SPSS." (Eileen Gigliotti)

About the Author

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at The University of Sussex. He adores cats, listens to and plays loud music and enjoys teaching statistics. His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognised with teaching awards from the University of Sussex (2001), the British Psychological Society (2007) and in 2010 he was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; 2nd edition (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761944524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761944522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is a lifesaver and the bonus is that it's actually enjoyable to read. Unlike most statistics authors, Andy Field seems human AND he can write clearly! I was lost in a graduate school statistics course for most of a year, with one of those professors who can't teach at all and who requires you to read one of those stats textbooks that is just a bunch of numbers on every page (probably written by one of those people who is smart in math but flunked English).

I am hopeless with computers and terrible in math. Our SPSS assignments in my grad course were killing me.

I tried hiring a tutor and HE got things wrong. Finally it occurred to me to do a search on Amazon, by customer review, and that's how I found Andy Field's book. Immediately, I read the chapter on the topic for the assignment I was working on. Wow! Crystal clear instructions on each and every step of the analysis. This book tells you exactly what keys to press on your computer and uses pictures from the computer screen to show you exactly what to do. You just read and follow along. And THEN...THEN!...the beauty of it...it shows you pictures of the printout and explains what everything means. I could cry from happiness. Before Fields' book it would take me a couple days of struggling, crying and swearing to finish one simple SPSS assignment. With Fields' book, it took me less than half an hour. AND...drum roll...I got my first A+ in the course.

Dear Andy, if you're reading this, could you please please write similar books for more advanced stats topics, and could you write similar books for the SAS program?

Now I use Amazon.com searches organized by customer reviews, to look up any and all books I need. With great results
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Format: Paperback
this 2nd edition is a major improvement of the authors first effort. it is well written, sprinkled with humor, and fairly comprehensive. it would have been nice if some items such as ROC curves and interrupted time series analysis had been included, but otherwise a very worthy effort indeed. my bias would have been to be a bit more comprehensive and to have lost the equations to save on space. considering that most other stats books are completely besotted with equations and statistical jargon that makes them unreadable, this does deserve 5 stars. in general, most statisticians who write books forget who their audience is .. they are not writing for each other .. they are writing for people in the real world who don't care about the equations .. they need to identify meaningful associations and results. In any case, this book works and i highly recommend it to anyone who is starting to use SPSS. although before they tackle this, i would strongly urge any novice to statistics to take a look at "PDQ Statistics" by Norman and Strier. that book is just spectacular .. short, funny, and unbelievably informative, especially for anyone working in the life sciences.
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I've read the other reviews and I generally agree: This is a well written stats book, especially if you are trying to learn the underlying theories rather than just randomly banging around on a keyboard.

However, don't expect this book to be a particularly good choice if you need to do anything too elaborate. Even though this book is 770+ pages long, Field doesn't address realistic scenarios. For example, even though he devotes about 210 pages to all sorts of ANOVA, there is no mention of repeated measures ANCOVA, which is not that unusual. Another example is that while he devotes a whole chapter to exploratory factor analysis, he only briefly mentions confirmatory factor analysis, which is the preferred method in most cases. In some places, he seems to suggest that something is difficult (e.g., contrasts in repeated measures ANOVA) and then offers only weak examples of what to do about it with no mention of how to report what you've done. In fact, he offers very few examples of how to report results, and in some cases, his running examples are nonsignificant so his reporting examples stop short.

All together, this is a good stats theory book with an intro to SPSS, but it's not the kind of book that is going to get you through many real-world analyses. I would recommend this book to undergraduate and graduate students, but folks hoping to survive the peer-review process should probably supplement this book with others. I think Field would be better off dividing the book into smaller works (e.g., devote one whole text to analysis of variance) and spending more time on each topic, rather than expanding on this edition.
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I am a 4th year PhD student and wish I had discovered this book earlier. It is far better than any of the graduate level statistics course I have taken, and definitely better than any of the textbooks I have seen. In fact, I have thrown out all my other statistics textbooks - this is the only one I need. Aside from explaining the theory in an easy to understand way, Andy Field provides the practical aspect that no other texts or courses do (or, if they do, they fail to link it to the theory). Field shows you how to use SPSS to implement the theory in an easy, step by step way; he even tells you how to report the results in APA format. Don't waste your money on any other statistics textbooks!
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