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Compassionate statistics [electronic resource] : applied quantitative analysis for social services with Exercises and Instructions in SPSS / Vincent E. Faherty.

By: Faherty, Vincent E. (Vincent Edward), 1939-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications, 2008Description: 1 online resource (337 p.).ISBN: 9781452244945 (electronic bk.); 1452244944 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Evaluation research (Social action programs) - Statistical methods | Social service - Statistical methods | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services | Social service -- Statistical methods | Evaluation research (Social action programs) -- Statistical methods | SPSS (Computer file)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 361.0015195 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction, overview, and nondefinitions -- Levels of data : nominal, ordinal, and scale -- Presenting data in tables -- Presenting data in figures -- The 3 M's : mean, median, and mode -- Standard deviations, ranges, and quartiles -- Other descriptive statistics -- Probability and statistical significance -- Chi-square test of independence -- Correlation : scattergrams -- Correlation : Spearman's rho and Pearson's r -- T-test for paired samples -- T-test for independent samples -- One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with post hoc tests -- Nonparametric alternatives to common parametric tests.
Summary: Compassionate Statistics: Applied Quantitative Analysis for Social Services (With Instructions for SPSS 14.0) is an attempt to "de-mythologize" a content area that is both essential for professional social service practitioners, yet dreaded by some of the most experienced among them. Using friendly, straightforward language as well as concrete illustrations and exercises from social service practice, author Vincent E. Faherty catapults students and experienced professionals to a pragmatic level where they can handle quantitative analysis for all their research and evaluation needs.
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Compassionate Statistics: Applied Quantitative Analysis for Social Services (With Instructions for SPSS 14.0) is an attempt to "de-mythologize" a content area that is both essential for professional social service practitioners, yet dreaded by some of the most experienced among them. Using friendly, straightforward language as well as concrete illustrations and exercises from social service practice, author Vincent E. Faherty catapults students and experienced professionals to a pragmatic level where they can handle quantitative analysis for all their research and evaluation needs.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Introduction, overview, and nondefinitions -- Levels of data : nominal, ordinal, and scale -- Presenting data in tables -- Presenting data in figures -- The 3 M's : mean, median, and mode -- Standard deviations, ranges, and quartiles -- Other descriptive statistics -- Probability and statistical significance -- Chi-square test of independence -- Correlation : scattergrams -- Correlation : Spearman's rho and Pearson's r -- T-test for paired samples -- T-test for independent samples -- One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with post hoc tests -- Nonparametric alternatives to common parametric tests.

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