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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446200469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446200469
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,611 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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In statistics, R is the way of the future. The big boys and girls have known this for some time: There are now millions of R users in academia and industry. R is free (as in no cost) and free (as in speech). Andy, Jeremy, and Zoe's book now makes R accessible to the little boys and girls like me and my students. Soon all classes in statistics will be taught in R.

I have been teaching R to psychologists for several years and so I have been waiting for this book for some time. The book is excellent, and it is now the course text for all my statistics classes. I'm pretty sure the book provides all you need to go from statistical novice to working researcher.

Take, for example, the chapter on t-tests. The chapter explains how to compare the means of two groups from scratch. It explains the logic behind the tests, it explains how to do the tests in R with a complete worked example, which papers to read in the unlikely event you do need to go further, and it explains what you need to write in your practical report or paper. But it also goes further, and explains how t-tests and regression are related---and are really the same thing---as part of the general linear model. So this book offers not just the step-by-step guidance needed to complete a particular test, but it also offers the chance to reach the zen state of total statistical understanding.


Prof. Neil Stewart
Warwick University


Field's Discovering Statistics is popular with students for making a sometimes deemed inaccessible topic accessible, in a fun way. In Discovering Statistics Using R, the authors have managed to do this using a statistics package that is known to be powerful, but sometimes deemed just as inaccessible to the uninitiated, all the while staying true to Field's off-kilter approach.


Dr Marcel van Egmond
University of Amsterdam


Probably the wittiest and most amusing of the lot (no, really), this book takes yet another approach: it is 958 pages of R-based stats wisdom (plus online accoutrements)... A thoroughly engaging, expansive, thoughtful and complete guide to modern statistics. Self-deprecating stories lighten the tone, and the undergrad-orientated 'stupid faces' (Brian Haemorrhage, Jane Superbrain, Oliver Twisted, etc.) soon stop feeling like a gimmick, and help to break up the text with useful snippets of stats wisdom. It is very mch a student textbook but it is brilliant... Field et al. is the complete package.
David M. Shuker
AnimJournal of Animal Behaviour




"This work should be in the library of every institution where statistics is taught. It contains much more content than what is required for a beginning or advanced undergraduate course, but instructors for such courses would do well to consider this book; it is priced comparably to books which contain only basic material, and students who are fascinated by the subject may find the additional material a real bonus. The book would also be very good for self-study. Overall, an excellent resource." (R. Bharath Choice 2012-12-01)

The main strength of this book is that it presents a lot of information in an accessible, engaging and irreverent way. The style is informal with interesting excursions into the history of statistics and psychology. There is reference to research papers which illustrate the methods explained, and are also very entertaining. The authors manage to pull off the Herculean task of teaching statistics through the medium of R... All in all, an invaluable resource. (Paul Webb 2013-12-12)

About the Author

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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By srkiboy83 on 19 April 2012
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Andy Field's previous SPSS textbook is one of the best books on statistical methods that I have ever read, and I am very pleased to say that, after reading his new (along with co-authors Jeremy Miles and Zoe Field) book on R, he has kept his high standards of writing and clear, concise, and extremely useful explanations.

If you 1) need to learn statistics, 2) need to learn how to perform statistical analysis, and 3) need to do them in R, then this is the book to buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By urbansmurf on 8 Nov 2013
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Recommended for students in any discipline requiring stats, and lecturers for preparing the course.

I've found this book a god-send. I'm teaching a statistics course and up till this book I just picked at the useful bits, but, didn't know them in any real detail. This book has helped me to gain the fine detail needed to prepare lectures and answer questions. Its also written in such a way that I can just sit down with a coffee and plough through a chapter without stopping, which is rare for me.

Best book I have bought this year, one of the best text books I have ever bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Learner on 31 Mar 2014
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Having spent a decade teaching undergraduates the joy of statistics, I would not be without this book. I recommend it every year to my students as a resource they should be able to access. It's not something you carry around between home and uni - Andy gives you value for money in this enormous tome. However, it is a resource you keep returning to for humorous, articulate advice on both statistics and how to code for specific analyses in R.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agnieszka Lewandowski on 10 Feb 2014
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Mint condition, just what I needed! Got me through my Psychology postgraduate statistics class, and will keep for the long term.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The SRA on 21 Jan 2014
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Reviewed for the Social Research Association by Paul Webb, Research Officer, Praxis Care, Belfast

Easy to read, entertaining and brim full of information. This book will appeal to the statistics neophyte and to the seasoned data analyst irrespective of subject discipline. The authors skilfully describe how to conduct quantitative analyses using R whilst showing how the base capabilities of R can be extended using a plethora of packages.
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I have been using SPSS since the 1970's (with occasional forays into STATA and SAS). I can't afford SPSS for my personal use, so taking the plunge into R is a "no-brainer" for me. This book is a great introduction to R. I particularly like Andy Field's irreverent humour. I do accept that it might not work for everybody - see the reviews...
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The book offers a lot of examples and is written in a clear language. It makes some fairly complicated topics a lot easier to understand. The author has a somewhat special sense of humor, which may put some people off, but I find that the irreverent language makes the book more entertaining to read.
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By SL on 20 Feb 2014
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This is a BIG book, and a good one. The title is accurate: you can learn about statistics and about R. What's more, you can learn a fair amount about how to use Rand Wilcox's outstanding, free software for doing robust statistics. Not everyone may appreciate Field's sense of humor (which is not for the squeamish), but there is no denying that he is seriously good at explaining things.
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