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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series) [Hardcover]

Andy Field
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4 May 2005 0761944516 978-0761944515 Second Edition (CD-ROM)
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`It is noteworthy that after I used some of the illustrations and mentioned the book in class, most students went and bought a copy. Their final papers were heavily "Field-referenced"! That is the best endorsement one can give to a text' - Journal of Advanced Nursing

`The wide range of statistical techniques covered combined with good accompanying background explanations, communicated in a relaxed, affable style, make this book a useful addition to the bookshelves of both practitioners and teachers of statistics alike in the social sciences' - Peter Watson, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge and Chair of ASSESS, Independent European Group of SPSS Users

`The Second Edition of Andy Field's Discovering Statistics Using SPSS is an excellent book and a valuable addition to the teaching of statistics in the behavioral sciences. The title of the book accurately reflects the approach taken. This is not simply a primer on how to use SPSS, but is a very good statistics text using SPSS as a vehicle for illustrating and expanding on the statistical content of the book. At the same time it also serves as a manual for SPSS, and has taught me things that I had not known about the software. One advantage of the text is that it is not tied specifically to the latest version of SPSS. Although the examples use version 12.0, there are many references to the difference the students will find if they are using an earlier version. A good example of how the text is structured can be seen in Chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 8 provides an introduction to the analysis of variance, and roughly the first 40 pages are devoted to statistical issues. Only after that introduction does the author move to a discussion of using SPSS to run the analyses. Chapter 9 deals with the analysis of covariance, and here the author moves almost immediately to SPSS printout, having laid most of the groundwork in the previous chapter. I find this flexible approach to the blending of content and software to be an effective way of teaching the material. It is impossible to review this book without commenting on Andy's particular style. I enjoyed it immensely and think that it would appeal to both students and their instructors. It is refreshing to see someone who doesn't take himself too seriously' - David C Howell, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont

`The new edition of Field's textbook confirms its place as the best statistics text for undergraduate social science students. It provides support for those less confident about statistical analysis whilst having sufficient depth that it will still be valuable to more mathematically experienced people. There is a focus throughout on the practical aspects of data analysis and interpretation whilst at the same time emphasizing the importance of rigour and a good understating of theory… essential reading' - Dr Ian Walker, Department of Psychology, University of Bath

`Very useful, valuable and interesting. Summing up: Highly recommended' - CHOICE, Current Reviews for Academic Librarians

This new edition of Field's textbook provides students of statistical methods with everything they need to understand, use and report statistics - at every level.

Written in Andy Field's vivid and entertaining style, and furnished with playful examples from everyday student life (among other places), the book forms an accessible gateway into the often intimidating world of statistics and a unique opportunity for students to ground their knowledge of statistics through the use of SPSS. The text is fully compliant with the latest release of SPSS (version 13).

Key updates in the new edition:

- More coverage with completely new material on non-parametric statistics, loglinear analysis, effect sizes and how to report statistical analysis.

- Even more student-friendly features, including a glossary of key statistical terms and exercises at the end of chapters for students to work through, with datasets and answers to chapter exercises on the accompanying CD-ROM.

- A larger and more easy-to-reference format: notation in each section identifies the intended level of study while the new 2-colour text design enhances the features in the book and, together with the larger format, provides extra clarity throughout.

Andy Field is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Sussex where his success in making statistics accessible was recognized with a teaching award in 2001. He is also winner of the British Psychological Society Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology.

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; Second Edition (CD-ROM) edition (4 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761944516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761944515
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.7 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,002,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics.

He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods.

His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats, and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë and Fuzzy the cat.

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"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 2006-02-01)

"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 2006-02-16)

"This text is notable for the breadth of statistics covered and for seamless meshing this content with SPSS." (Eileen Gigliotti 2007-05-31)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I have only got to chapter 3 of this book so far but already I am hooked (never thought I'd use that word when talking about statistics). Andy's writing style means that I have learnt concepts that previously I never understood. For a book to teach better than the teacher in my lectures is amazing, but this is exactly what this book does.

I was rubbish at maths when I was at school, so I didn't hold much hope at being able to complete the Statistics module I am studying. But thanks to this book, I am already ahead of my class.

For me, the most impressive thing about the book is that it teaches statistics as well as how to use SPSS to carry out the tests.

I would recommend this book to anyone, stats virgin to stats pro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody using SPSS needs this book! 15 April 2006
By Naomi
I can't recommend this book enough to do it justice - it is absolutely fantastic, explaining how to do just about anything and showing both menus and output, with a description of what the output means. The book helps you decide what analysis you need to complete, and then shows you step by step how to do it.

All I can say is: Buy this book now. You will never regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stats made manageable 1 Feb 2006
By A Customer
This book guides you through why and how to do the right stats test for your data, using SPSS using everyday examples and step-by-step instructions so you can understand the results. Written in an easy style you can learn lots of practical skills about a specific test quickly without having to have read every preceeding chapter. Having read lots of stats books this is the easiest to use to get useful results quickly without having to becoming a stats expert beforehand.
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This book makes, what has always semed a mind blowingly complex subject, surprisingly easy to understand. To get the greatest benefit from this book I would strongly advise you read each chapter in sequence. This book does a superb job of building upon concepts you have just learned to introduce and illustrate further techniques and concepts. I read this book in two weeks (on holiday!), and learnt more from it than three years at Uni - Thanks Andy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I came across this book when i was desperately searching for a book on statistics and SPSS. I found a number of books in the market,but after going through a few of them, i can frankly say that none of them are written in such a lucid and easily comprehensible way as Andy Field's book. I think this book is really very comprehensive and as well a user friendly manual of SPSS. Besides he has a very good sense of humour which one can find throughout the book which makes it much easier to comprehend the difficult concepts. In one word , my money was very well spent on this book. I shall wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who needs to learn statistical concepts and SPSS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended 3 Nov 2005
Andy Field's book effectively breaks through the jargon and confusion so often associated with statistics in psychology. I was lucky enough to be taught statistics by Andy last year at Sussex University and found his approach both refreshing and innovative, an approach very much reflected in this book. Andy has clearly spent a great deal of time making statistics accessible to all students by using non-technical language and by using novel examples. I thoroughly recommend this book to undergraduates and is definitely coming in useful for me now as a post grad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for all levels 9 Oct 2007
By Rebecca
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Fantastic book - I am absolutely rubbish at maths having failed my 'O' level many moons ago. However with Andy Field's help I have managed to get through some stats work at post grad level. He uses the simple but brilliant teaching technique of explaining an area and then recaping when needed so you never lose the thread - this is important because I think many who find maths difficult find this a problem (I know I do).

This is not just an idiots guide to SPSS and Stats he does go into some frigheningly detailed and complex stuff - but he has cleverly labelled the sections of the text so that you know what you are getting into, and can shut your eyes if this is a problem. Therefore I would thorougly recommend this book to anyone needing to use SPSS and stats; beginner and confident user alike.

This book will also help enormously if you are undertaking the OU DT840.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering statistics 5 Feb 2009
By B. Orr
I recently bought this after using a number of other stats texts for years, and I can say this is one of the best I've bought. Andy covers in engaging and often pretty funny ways most most major statistical methods needed at both undergraduate and graduate level. Makes a refreshing change from dry and drab stats text that most people might be used to reading.

The only major methods I think that are not covered are multi level modelling (which Andy has done in the upcoming Third Edition) and Multinomial Regression. Even so, this is a must have for any stats student, and most stats instructors and lecturers will also find it of great use. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible for science researchers
Andy Field is a great writer to explain enough stats theory without going overboard and illustrating it with good examples and how to do on SPSS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Lorna S. Aucott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for SPSS
I used this book in conjunction with other texts, it was the best by far for SPSS help, easy to follow too!!
Great book, with relative chapters for university!
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This book should be included in the price of your psychology degree...

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Used this book to study for my Masters in applied statistic using SPSS - Fantastic investment. The author is absolutely great at explaining concepts and ideas. Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Samm7919
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A very good book, with a unique and accessible way of explaining statistics. Would reccommend to everyone!
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