Writing Practical Statistics

My motivation for writing Practical Statistics: A Quick and Easy Guide to SPSS, Stata, and other Statistical Software, published by SAGE Publications, came out of the difficulties that many students, including myself, had trying to learn to use statistical software programs. We didn't lack the ability, but did lack a good set of guidelines for running analyses using programs like SPSS and Stata.

The book I've written focuses on the practical use of statistics: it describes, in clear and simple terms, how to run statistical analyses using these and other programs. It also incorporates statistical theory, describing when you should be using each statistical test.


You will learn that statistics can be very simple to use yet extremely powerful, and with the knowledge contained in this book, you will be able to analyze everything from trends in the global economy to the spread of deadly disease.

The main focus of this book is to give readers the ability to quickly learn how to prepare data and run statistical analyses. While this book cannot be said to be comprehensive enough to make you an expert in statistical methods, it will give you a very good start, as well as give you the ability of run a number of advanced tests which can be particularly difficult to learn on your own.


Chapter 1: An Introduction to Statistics & Quantitative Methods

Chapter 2: An Introduction to SPSS and Stata

Chapter 3: Descriptive Statistics

Chapter 4: Pearson's r, Chi-square, t-Test, and ANOVA

Chapter 5: Linear Regression

Chapter 6: Logistic, Ordered, Multinomial, Negative Binomial, and Poisson Regression

Chapter 7: Factor Analysis

Chapter 8: Time-Series Analysis

Chapter 9: Hierarchical Linear Modeling

Chapter 10: Structural Equation Modeling

Appendix A: Selecting the Appropriate Test

Appendix B: Tables of Significance

Appendix C: Additional Statistical Tests and Equations