Thinking Through Statistics: Exploring Quantitative Sociology

Thinking Through Statistics: Exploring Quantitative Sociology

James V. Spickard, University of Redlands

Summary

You've all heard about statistics. Have you ever wondered what you can do with them? THINKING THROUGH STATISTICS shows how everyone, even those who hate math, can use statistics to answer questions like: WHAT causes crime and social disorder WHO is wealthy and who is not HOW do people's religious views influence their politics? This book shows you how to identify the kinds of data to use and how to organize that data to generate answers. It shows you which statistical techniques to apply. And it shows you how to interpret the results. Each chapter is built around one or more extended examples, to help you learn how to think through an entire problem. The book leads you step by step through the process of statistical reasoning. By the end, you are handling complex problems with ease.