1st Edition

Real Data
A Statistics Workbook Based on Empirical Data





ISBN 9781884585043
Published January 1, 1997 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

• In Real Data, students predict the answers to interesting questions. Then they analyze data supplied by leading researchers to see if there is empirical support for their predictions.

• Students get practice in computing all the major statistics usually covered in an introductory statistics course.

• Because each of the 35 exercises in Part A deals with only a limited number of statistics, the workbook is easily coordinated with all introductory statistics textbooks.

• Part A emphasizes small data sets that are useful whether students are using calculators or computers. The exercises in this part are highly structured so students know exactly what is required of them.

• Part B provides larger data sets for comprehensive analysis by computer users. Loosely structured, the data sets allow you to specify which statistics should be computed.

• Sample topics: Kissing and Sexual Harassment; Basic Trust of Rape Survivors; Gambling and Stealing; Pregnancy Risk Among Adolescents Who Had Been Sexually Abused; Boys Interacting with Their Fathers; Racial Differences in Seeking Medical Assistance; Instructors’ Clothing and Student Evaluations; Students’ Attitudes Toward Math; and Physician-Assisted Suicide.

• Using real data for analysis makes the traditional statistics class come alive.

Table of Contents

Part A: Data Sets for All Classes

1. Percentages: I
 What Do People Look for in Prospective Partners? A Study of Personal Ads

2. Percentages: II
 Have Americans Lost Their Compassion for the Homeless?

3. Proportions
 Assaultive Behavior of Men and Women in Intimate Relationships

4. Bar Graph for Nominal Data
 Is Binge Eating Related to Dieting?

5. Frequency Distribution (Ungrouped Scores)
 Is a Stolen Kiss a Serious Form of Sexual Harassment?

6. Frequency Distribution (Grouped Scores)
 Basic Trust of Rape Survivors

7. Cumulative Frequencies, Cumulative Percentages, and Percentile Ranks
 Reasons People Give for Depression

8. Frequency Polygon and Shapes of Distributions
 Are Gamblers More Likely to Steal than Non-Gamblers?

9. Mean, Median, and Shapes of Distributions
 Average Number of Lifetime Sexual Partners of Male College Students

10. Mean and Median
 Students’ Part-Time Work, GPA, and Days Absent from School

11. Mean, Median, and Mode
 Drawing Happy Faces on Restaurant Checks: Does It Increase Tips?

12. Mean and Standard Deviation for a Population
 Sudden Cardiac Deaths on the Day of a Major Earthquake

13. Mean and Standard Deviation (Population Estimate from a Sample)
 Effects of Progressive and Sex-Object Images of Women in Advertisements

14. Standard Scores
 Negative Behaviors of Boys When Interacting with Their Fathers

15. Scattergram
The Relationship Between Absences and GPA

16. Pearson r: I
 Correlates of Suicide Rates

17. Pearson r: II
 The Relationship Between Manic Tendencies and Eating Disorders

18. Multiple Correlation
 Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior and Perfectionism

19. Linear Regression
 Flexibility of Work Schedule as a Predictor of Parenting Ability

20. Standard Error of the Mean and 68% Confidence Interval
 Effects of Instructors’ Clothing on College Students’ Evaluations of Instruction

21. Standard Error of the Mean and 95% Confidence Interval
 Self-Acceptance Self-Disclosure of Bisexual Men to Their Female Partners

22. Standard Error of the Mean and 99% Confidence Interval
 Are Gay Men More Attached to Their Mothers or Their Fathers?

23. t Test from Descriptive Statistics for Independent Data: I
 Comfort in Working with Persons with Disabilities

24. t Test from Descriptive Statistics for Independent Data: II
 Hostile Feelings and Emotional Immaturity of Women with Histories of Incestuous Abuse

25. t Test from Raw Scores for Independent Data
 Future Time Orientation and Condom Use for AIDS Prevention

26. t Test for Dependent Data
 Are Multiple-Choice Test Items Easier than Open-Ended Items?

27. One-Way Analysis of Variance: Two Means
 Computer Experience and Computer Hassles

28. One-Way Analysis of Variance: Three Means
 College Students’ Seating Choices and Motivation to Achieve

29. Significance of the Difference Between Variances
 Attitudes of Teachers Toward Children with Disabilities

30. Standard Error of a Percentage and 95% Confidence Interval
 Risk for Pregnancy Among Adolescents Who Had Been Sexually Abused

31. One-Way Chi-Square
 Forms of Abuse Among Adolescent Females

32. Chi-Square Test for a 2 by 2 Table
 Financial Concerns and Suicidal Thoughts of HIV+ Men

33. Chi-Square Test for a 2 by 4 Table
 Physicians’ Willingness to Participate in Assisted Suicide and Their Religious Affiliations

34. Median Test
 Favorite Colors and Depression

35. Mann-Whitney U Test
 Racial Differences in Seeking Medical Assistance
Part B: Larger Data Sets for Computer Users

36. Comprehensive Analysis: I
 Characteristics of Adolescent Male Gamblers

37. Comprehensive Analysis: II
Care-Seeking for Breast Cancer Symptoms

38. Comprehensive Analysis: III
Attitudes Toward Math, Math Achievement, and Expected Grades

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