Statistics: A Gentle Introduction Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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”The approach is ‘right on’–making statistics approachable and learnable, rather than a barrier to a student’s further education.” (Gerry Dizinno 2011-11-02)
“Coolidge makes understanding statistics a fairly simple task, with clear examples, anecdotes, and analogies.” (Evita G. Bynum 2011-11-02)
“It is a very engaging book which incorporates humor along with clear presentation of statistical concepts. It is not as intimidating as some other texts. It incorporates research methods concepts skillfully.” (Naureen Bhullar 2011-11-02)
“The author provides practical application of statistics to real problems to be solved.” (Karen H. Frith 2011-11-02)
“I believe tone and more elementary explanations are what makes this text a very good tool especially for students who are required to take statistics but not anxious to take statistics.” (Marcia Ditmyer 2011-11-02)
“I think the author did a great job for updating his textbook. I believe that the last edition was a fairly friendly textbook for students in undergraduate introductory statistics, but the update makes this textbook even friendlier.” (Hisanori Kobayashi 2011-11-02)
“I like the conversational writing style and fascinating examples. The background information about important figures in the history and development of statistics separates this text from most others. The SPSS instructions are clear and easy to follow and the interpretation of the SPSS output is excellent.” (Marilyn Gibbons-Arhelger 2011-11-02)
About the Author
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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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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