Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) by Chris Spatz

Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions
12th Edition
by Chris Spatz

Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition)

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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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Tales …“is proving a much gentler and more intuitive introduction than what we’ve had in the past.”

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Jennifer Peszka – Hendrix College
     Carnegie Foundation Teacher of the Year – Arkansas


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How Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) is different from other statistics textbooks

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.

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Features that distinguish Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition)

  • 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

  • A final chapter, Choosing Tests and Writing Interpretations requires active responses to comprehensive questions
  • 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.

Changes from the previous edition of Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions

  • 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

  • Practice problems (arithmetic, algebra, and complex operations) will be added to to this site.

 

Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions
(12th edition)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Exploring Data: Frequency Distributions and Graphs
  3. Exploring Data: Central Tendency
  4. Exploring Data: Variability
  5. Other Descriptive Statistics
  6. Correlation and Regression
  7. Theoretical Distributions Including the Normal Distribution
  8. Samples, Sampling Distributions, and Confidence Intervals
  9. Effect Size and NHST: One-Sample Designs
  10. Effect Size, Confidence Intervals, and NHST: Two-Sample Designs
  11. Analysis of Variance: Independent Samples
  12. Analysis of Variance: Repeated Measures
  13. Analysis of Variance: Factorial Design
  14. Chi Square Tests
  15. More Nonparametric Tests
  16. Choosing Tests and Writing Interpretations

     Appendixes

  1. Getting Started
  2. Grouped Frequency Distributions and Central Tendency
  3. Tables
  4. Glossary of Words
  5. Glossary of Symbols
  6. Glossary of Formulas
  7. Answers to Problems

     References

     Index

 

Auxiliary Materials that accompany Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition)

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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