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    Articles to be critiqued will be posted there

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    Student presentations will be posted there prior to presentation for review by classmates

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    When the class does not meet because of a holiday (once: early July), the web site will play a role

in maintaining our progress in the course

Review of Statistics

The published prerequisite for entry to the doctoral program, and therefore to this class, is the completion of a basic statistics course that includes regression, such as Math240 at GGU. But some of you may have taken your statistics a number of years ago and, realistically, may be rusty. There won’t be time in class for a review of statistics, so it’s up to you to get yourself up to speed. I can help; I’m willing to work with each of you one-on-one outside of class. Some of you may still have your stat book, and that’s a good place to start, since you already have some familiarity with the book.

Here are some statistics resources you may find helpful if you’re really rusty:

Web site with good, free review of statistics, with references to books and other resources: http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/

Easy reviews in book form, all available on Amazon:

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    Chances Are : The Only Statistics Book You'll Ever Need by Steve Slavin $12 (this one is recommended)

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    Statistics for the Utterly Confused (Utterly Confused Series) by Lloyd R. Jaisingh $17

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    Statistics for Dummies by Deborah Rumsey (Dummies Series) $14

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    The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick, Woollcott Smith $12 This one has the bonus feature of being quite funny.

You probably won’t have time to go through an entire conventional stat book unless you are already familiar with it, so a condensed, easy-to-follow book like one of the above is likely to be useful. (Try not to be insulted by some of the titles; the content is OK, even if elementary.)

Since you will be using SPSS, your review of statistics will be especially productive if you do it in combination with becoming familiar with the SPSS software. The Field book has some material at the beginning that will be helpful in that regard.

Data Analysis Assignments

There will be three data analysis assignments. There will be no specific length requirements or restrictions.

  • The first assignment will be a basic one, to familiarize you with SPSS and the basics of data analysis. The data set and the specific assignment will be provided.

  • The second data analysis assignment will be more challenging and will involve one or more among regression, ANOVA, or factor analysis. The data set(s) will be provided.

  • The third data analysis assignment is to be done using the specialized technique you have chosen. The choice of data set is up to you. The results are to be posted and presented to the class.

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