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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (28 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412924944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412924948
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Designed specifically for those who are learning or using statistics for the first time, this text pays relatively little attention to unnecessary formulas while providing a basic overview of basic designs and analyses through real-world examples. Updating his text to include new information, particularly on ANOVA and confidence levels and limits, Coolidge actually is quite gentle introducing undergraduates to the basics. . . " (SciTech Book News 2006-12-05)

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Frederick L. Coolidge (Ph.D.) received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Florida. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He has been awarded three Fulbright Fellowships to India (1987, 1992, and 2005). He has also won three teaching awards at the University of Colorado (1984, 1987, and 1992), including the lifetime title of University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Scholar. In 2005, he received the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences’ Outstanding Research and Creative Works award. Dr. Coolidge conducts research in behavioral genetics and has established the strong heritability of gender identity and gender identity disorder. He also conducts research in lifespan personality assessment and has established the reliability of posthumous personality evaluations, and also applies cognitive models of thinking and language to explain evolutionary changes in the archaeological record.

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By Laoangel on 3 July 2012
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I bought this book for a uni course on stats and found it really useful! It is very informative without being patronising, but really helped me learn. For example, I will never forgot the right labels for the shape of data on graphs by thinking about which side I'd ski down it were it a mountain.

Very readable, very useful. Thanks Coolidge, I passed!
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Outstanding Book! 26 Aug 2006
By Dogs Rule - Published on Amazon.com
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I taught several statistics courses using Statistics: A Gentle Introduction (1st ed.). I just received the 2nd edition. I have shelves of stats books and these are by far the most down to earth, easy to understand stats books I've found and are ideal for teaching. The 2nd edition builds upon the first edition and offers practice problems and sample test questions at the end of each chapter. The 2nd edition includes SPSS output and a description of the output for regression & correlation (but not for ANOVA, t-tests, chi-square). The 2nd edition includes a nice description of confidence intervals. I highly recommend this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Stats Textbook on the Market 12 Dec 2000
By "chubbycat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the most "gentle" book about statistics on the market. I can actually say that I now understand the basic statistical methods! Too often, statistics books give you too much information all at once, which can be confusing to beginners. This book gradually lays it out step by step and gives clear examples of almost every possible variation. Authors of statistics texts often confuse the reader in their attempts to impress them with technical language. This book is written in language understandable to beginners and proceeds at a digestable pace. Plus, it includes brief glimpses of historical information to give the reader a broader understanding of the subject. I highly recommend this as a text for introductory statistics classes or as a refresher for anyone!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Makes Statistics Simple 13 July 2002
By Herkdrvr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was fantastic! It outlined the basic concepts of statistics in a way that didn't completely confuse the student. I was able to pass all my tests and actually UNDERSTAND my coursework. Kudos to the author--I HIGHLY recommend this book to the beginning statistics student.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Statistics Made Easy 11 Dec 2000
By Kimberly Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book introduced all areas of statistics with a story or an explanation that made learning statistics enjoyable. In addition, this book contained many detailed examples that I used over and over again throughtout the course as a way of ensuring myself that I truly understood the concept that I was currently being taught. Statistics: A Gentle Introduction is a book that will remian in my personal library for many years.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Avoid this misleading and dangerous book. 9 May 2013
By Peter Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is dangerous and should definitely be avoided. It is highly depressing that it has made it to three editions.

It contains factual errors eg:

"For example, examine the following set:

2, 3, 5, 5, 5, 10

There are an even number of scores in this set, and normally we would take the average of the two middle values. However, there are three 5s, and that constitutes a tie at the median value. Notice that if we used 5 as the value of the median, there is one score above the value 5, and there are two scores below 5. Therefore, 5 is not the correct median value. It is actually 4.54, which is confusing (because there are two scores below that value and four above it); however, it is the correct theoretical median."

In fact, 5 is the correct median. Consider that the R statistical computing environment implements 9 different ways of calculating median, and they all return 5.

"Central limit theorem
--A mathematical proposition that states that if a population's scores are normally distributed, the sampling distribution of means will also be normally distributed, and if the scores in the population are not normally distributed, the sampling distribution of means will still be normally distributed."

This is an incorrect simplification of the central limit theorem.

And so on.

Avoid this book.
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