PDQ Statistics

Geoffrey R. Norman

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David L. Streiner

Professor of Psychiatry University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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PDQ Statistics, third edition offers an expert overview of major statistical methods, giving the reader a thorough understanding of statistics and how they are used in research articles.

The book covers the major categories — variable and descriptive statistics, parametric statistics, non-parametric statistics, and multivariate statistics. The explanations are clear, succinct, and loaded with practical examples.

PDQ Statistics serves as a supplemental text to introductory and advanced statistics courses. Without using algebra, calculus, calculations, or jargon, Professors Norman and Streiner decode biostatistics for you. You don’t need a technical dictionary. Nor do you have to do any math. All you need to understand the numbers is PDQ Statistics.

Featuring humorous examples, such as Convoluted Reasoning or Anti-intellectual Pomposity Detectors (C.R.A.P. Detectors), the text helps the reader identify statistical analyses with basic flaws in design or research.

This third edition includes new chapters on hierarchical and logistic regression, path analysis, and structural equation modeling. PDQ Statistics also helps the reader identify those statistical analyses with basic flaws in design or research. The book’s attractive design and humorous writing style make the subject matter accessible and engaging.

**Please note that this title is no longer accompanied by CD. PDQ Statistics, third edition first published by BC Decker, ISBN 9781550092073.**

Preface Introduction Part One: Variables and Descriptive Statistics 1 Names and Numbers: Types of Variables 2 Describing Data Part Two: Parametric Statistics 3 Statistical Inference 4 Comparison of Means of Two Samples: The t Test 5 Comparison among Many Means: Analysis of Variance 6 Relationship between Interval and Ratio Variables: Linear and Multiple Regression 7 Analysis of Covariance 8 Variations on Linear Regression: Logistic Regression, General Linear Model, and Hierarchical Linear Models 9 Time Series Analysis Part Three: Nonparametric Statistics 10 Nonparametric Tests of Significance 11 Nonparametric Measures of Association 12 Advanced Nonparametric Methods Part Four: Multivariate Statistics 13 Introduction to Multivariate Statistics 14 Multivariate Analysis of Variance 15 Discriminant Function Analysis 16 Exploratory Factor Analysis 17 Path Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling 18 Cluster Analysis 19 Canonical Correlation 20 Reprise 21 Research Designs Index Unabashed Glossary

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Book Details

232 pages


5 in. x 8.5 in.


Publication Date March 2003

Students of statistics, students and practitioners in the health professions, students of public health

ISBN 9781607952862
eISBN 9781607950776