Chapter 1: Statistics or Sadistics? It's Up to You Chapter 2: Means to an End: Computing and Understanding Averages Chapter 3: Vive la Difference: Understanding Variability Chapter 4: A Picture Really Is Worth a Thousand Words Chapter 5: Ice Cream and Crime: Computing Correlation Coefficients Chapter 6: Just the Truth: An Introduction to Understanding Reliability and Validity Chapter 7: Hypotheticals and You: Testing Your Questions Chapter 8: Are Your Curves Normal? Probability and Why It Counts Chapter 9: Significantly Significant: What It Means for You and Me Chapter 10: Only the Lonely: The One-Sample z-Test Chapter 11: t(ea) for Two: Tests Between the Means of Different Groups Chapter 12: t(ea) for Two (Again): Tests Between the Means of Related Groups Chapter 13: Two Groups Too Many? Try Analysis of Variance Chapter 14: Two Too Many Factors: Factorial Analysis of Variance: A Brief Introduction Chapter 15: Cousins or Just Good Friends? Testing Relationships Using the Correlation Coefficient Chapter 16: Predicting Who'll Win the Super Bowl: Using Linear Regression Chapter 17: What to Do When You're Not Normal: Chi-Square and Some Other Nonparametric Tests Chapter 18: Some Other (Important) Statistical Procedures You Should Know About Chapter 19: Data Mining: An Introduction to Getting the Most Out of Your BIG Data
Neil J. Salkind received his PhD in human development from the University of Maryland, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education, where he collaborated with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations; written more than 100 trade and textbooks; and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years. He lived in Lawrence, Kansas, where he liked to read, swim with the River City Sharks, work as the proprietor and sole employee of big boy press, bake brownies (see www.statisticsforpeople.com for the recipe), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.