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Chapter 4

Data and Statistics

Useful Links for Help with Statistics

Statistics workshops

These are short tutorials that include quizzes to test your knowledge:

This link provides a variety of tools describing common statistical analyses using examples from textbooks:

StatNotes by G.David Garson at NCSU contains one the most helpful and easy to use resources on statistics and research methods. Check it out:

When to use WHAT statistic?

Very nice, moderate length tutorial from Wadsworth that covers both parametric and nonparametric tests. It includes 10 practice exercises and a quiz:

Decision Tree:

Here is one more resource to checkout that also provides definitions of variable types and how these variable types link to statistical procedures:

Statistical Power and Sample Size/Power Analysis

Statistical Power Tutorial (complete tutorial with a calculator or software program)

This site contains over 300 free calculators. To find a calculator related to power/sample size, click on “Power, sample size, and experimental designs” on the Table of Contents:

This is a popular, free calculator for sample size/power analysis. It contains a help section, user guide, and manual:

Help with SPSS

This is an SPSS site that not only helps decide the correct analytical procedure, but gives sample SPSS output:

From the same helpful folks at UCLA, here is a great place to get lost if there is anything you need to know about SPSS:

Help with Excel

This site gives assistance with basic functions and calculations:

Supported by Microsoft Office, this site contains helps and how-tos:

Simulations and Case Studies

“RiceVirtual Lab in Statistics” contains a link to an online textbook. It also contains simulations (great for those who like to “do” rather than simply “read”) and case studies (for when a “real world” example make the concept “real”):

Online statistical textbooks -this online textbook contains chapters that cover terminology and basic statistics, as well as more complicated types of analytical procedures including MANOVA, cluster analysis, factor analysis, etc. -this online textbook includes elementary chapters (univariate statistics, bivariate statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, etc). It also has a chapter on Power and includes links to free statistical analysis software. -this online textbook includes a glossary, free software, instructional demos, problems and exercises, and statistics help.