Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) is a college textbook with a voice – the voice of an encouraging professor who wants students to succeed. Exploring Statistics uses a data-analysis approach to explain statistical concepts. History tidbits and a narrative writing style boost engagement.
Adopted over the years at more than 500 schools, Tales of Distributions is a popular textbook. More than 90 statistics teachers provided reviews of this book and offered recommendations. This 12th edition is built on a mature, well-tested foundation. Tales is an engaging statistics textbook.
The new edition of Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions directly acknowledges that the practice of statistics is in a state of transition. Effect size indexes and confidence intervals are ascending in importance, a change reflected throughout the 12th edition.
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Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) directly acknowledges that the practice of statistics is in a state of transition. Null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), the main-stay technique of the 20th century, is under attack. Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) addresses this transition and emphasizes effect size indexes and confidence intervals. At the same time, the text maintains the clear explanations of NHST and the engaging writing style that made previous editions so successful.
Data sets are approached with an attitude of exploration
Effect size indexes and confidence intervals are promoted
A web-based, test-planning exercise helps students prepare for tests
The basics of experimental design are included
Interpretation is emphasized throughout
Changes in statistical practice over the years are acknowledged
The history of statistics is a recurring theme
Examples and problems come from a variety of disciplines and everyday life
Most problems are based on actual studies rather than fabricated scenarios
Problems are interspersed within a chapter, not grouped at the end
Answers to problems are extensive – more than 50 pages of detailed answers
Computer software analyses are illustrated with IBM SPSS printouts
Important words and phrases are defined in the margin when they first occur
A revised Appendix A is designed to help alleviate anxiety and provide encouragement.
Objectives at the beginning of each chapter serve for orientation and later review
Key Terms are listed for each chapter
Clues to the Future alert students to concepts that come up again
Error Detection boxes tell ways to detect mistakes or prevent them
Transition Passages alert students to a change in focus in chapters that follow
Comprehensive Problems encompass all (or most) of the techniques in a chapter
What Would You Recommend? exercises require choices among techniques from several chapters
Additional practice problems (arithmetic, algebra, and complex operations) will be available on this site.
Additional attention to criticism of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST)
Reorganized Chapter 9, moving effect size index to the beginning of the chapter
Reorganized Chapter 10, moving effect size index and confidence intervals to the beginning of the chapter
Appendix A, Arithmetic and Algebra Review completely revised and retitled, Getting Started.
Adding a free Test Planning Exercise to this site
Added new problems that illustrate contemporary research; eliminated some problems
Updated all problems and examples that use contemporary data
Revised categorization of variables to distinguish discrete variables
Eliminated the algebraic explanation of a straight line
Many words, sentences, paragraphs, and examples revised to improve clarity and reflect current practice
Test Bank - The Test Bank for Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) is a Word file of over 2200 items written by the author. It can be requested by adopters.
Study Guide - An Online Study Guide that accompanies Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition). Students can purchase 6 months of access to the Online Study Guide for only $12.
Student test-planning exercise - A web-based exercise is available as part of our Free Materials. Students can use this free exercise to identify resources that are available for an upcoming test.
History of Statistical Practice- A Selected History of Statistical Practice by Chris Spatz is available on this site under free materials. This chapter is from a Society for Teaching Psychology publication edited by W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller & W. J. Wozniak titled Psychological specialties in historical context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students. https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/psychspec
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