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Statistical Tools

Grotenhuis, M. Te

"Statistics is sometimes given a bad name because it is associated with complex mathematical knowledge such as probability theory.

For many students in the social sciences however, knowledge about statistics is not an end in itself but a practical means to answer research questions. Therefore, the focus of ­Statistical Tools is not on complex statistical theory, but on the proper use of common ­statistical applications and on the correct interpretation of statistical results. As such, no mathematical knowledge is required to understand the content of this textbook. Using survey data sets from recent years, we illustrate why statistics is an indispensable tool in social science research.
All data (in SPSS format) are available on the Internet, allowing the reader to replicate the statistical results presented throughout this text.

Manfred te Grotenhuis is an assistant professor of quantitative data analysis at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and an affiliate of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). Recent statistical contributions include articles in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, European Societies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Quality & Quantity, Review of Religious Research, and Psychiatric Services.
Theo van der Weegen is head of the statistical research department at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has supervised statistical research projects for more than 25 years. Both authors have been teaching statistics to students from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen since 1995.

The data used in this textbook, the exercises, and other advanced statistical tools are available online at:

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