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Copyright © 2014 Lybrary.com- Best Practices in Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences<p>This book provides a showcase for "best practices" in teaching statistics and research methods in two- and four-year colleges and universities.</p><p>A helpful resource for teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced statistics and/or methods, the book features coverage of:</p><UL> <LI>ways to integrate these courses</LI> <LI>how to promote ethical conduct</LI> <LI>how to create writing intensive programs</LI> <LI>novel tools and activities to get students involved</LI> <LI>strategies for teaching online courses and computer applications</LI> <LI>guidance on how to create and maintain helpful web resources</LI> <LI>assessment advice to help demonstrate that students are learning</LI> <LI>tips on linking diversity to research methodology.</LI></UL><p>This book appeals to veteran and novice educators and graduate students who teach research methods and/or statistics in psychology and other behavioral sciences and serves as an excellent resource in related faculty workshops. A CD with activities that readers can customize is included.</p>http://www.lybrary.com/best-practices-in-teaching-statistics-and-research-methods-in-the-behavioral-sciences-p-549229.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/best-practices-in-teaching-statistics-and-research-methods-in-the-behavioral-sciences-p-549229.htmlMon, 08 Sep 2014 11:33:36 EDT
- Sample Size MethodologyOne of the most important problems in designing an experiment or a survey is sample size determination and this book presents the currently available methodology. It includes both random sampling from standard probability distributions and from finite populations. Also discussed is sample size determination for estimating parameters in a Bayesian setting by considering the posterior distribution of the parameter and specifying the necessary requirements. The determination of the sample size is considered for ranking and selection problems as well as for the design of clinical trials. Appropriate techniques for attacking the general question of sample size determination in problems of estimation, tests of hypotheses, selection, and clinical trial design are all presented, and will help the reader in formulating an appropriate problem of sample size and in obtaining the solution. The book can be used as a text in a senior-level or a graduate course on sample size methodology.<p>Annotated list of tables in appendixSupplemental problems at the end of bookhttp://www.lybrary.com/sample-size-methodology-p-537764.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/sample-size-methodology-p-537764.htmlSun, 24 Aug 2014 23:07:52 EDT
- The Right Decision (eBook)<p><b>CAN YOU EVER BE SURE YOU'RE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION?</b><p>Should you stay in a comfy job with little chance of advancement-or take a riskier one in which you could make lots of money but also wind up on the street?<p>Should you listen to a doctor who advises surgery-or trust another who tells you to wait and see if your condition improves?<p>Should you remain in a cozy relationship without much spark-or cut your losses and search for your soul mate?<p>Is there ever a "right" decision? Professor James Stein would argue yes, and in this provocative new book, he shows you how to apply the mathematical principles of Decision Theory to every aspect of your life. Ingeniously blending statistics, probability, game theory, economics, and even philosophy, this dynamic new approach to decision making can help you choose a new career path, buy a better home, even pick the perfect mate. With The Right Decision, you can't go wrong.<p><b>INCLUDES ENTERTAINING INTERACTIVE QUIZZES TO HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION EVERY TIME!http://www.lybrary.com/the-right-decision-ebook-p-481668.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/the-right-decision-ebook-p-481668.htmlSun, 18 May 2014 11:26:44 EDT
- Objectifying Measures: The Dominance of High-Stakes Testing and the Politics of Schooling<p>In the past twenty years, the number of educational tests with high-stakes consequences&mdash;such as promotion to the next grade level or graduating from high school&mdash;has increased. At the same time, the difficulty of the tests has also increased. In Texas, a Latina state legislator introduced and lobbied for a bill that would take such factors as teacher recommendations, portfolios of student work, and grades into account for the students&mdash;usually students of color&mdash;who failed such tests. The bill was defeated.</p><p>Using several types of ethnographic study (personal interviews, observations of the Legislature in action, news broadcasts, public documents from the Legislature and Texas Education Agency), Amanda Walker Johnson observed the struggle for the bill's passage. Through recounting this experience, <I>Objectifying Measures</i> explores the relationship between the cultural production of scientific knowledge (of statistics in particular) and the often intuitive resistance to objectification of those adversely affected by the power of policies underwritten as "scientific."</p>http://www.lybrary.com/objectifying-measures-the-dominance-of-highstakes-testing-and-the-politics-of-schooling-p-479549.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/objectifying-measures-the-dominance-of-highstakes-testing-and-the-politics-of-schooling-p-479549.htmlTue, 13 May 2014 23:24:06 EDT
- Pension Reform and the Development of Pension Systems: An Evaluation of World Bank AssistanceFormal pension systems are an important means of reducing poverty among the aged. In recent years, however, pension reform has become a pressing matter, as demographic aging, poor administration, early retirement, and unaffordable benefits have strained pension balances and overall public finances. Pension systems have become a source of macroeconomic instability, a constraint to economic growth, and an ineffective and/or inequitable provider of retirement income.http://www.lybrary.com/pension-reform-and-the-development-of-pension-systems-an-evaluation-of-world-bank-assistance-p-442813.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/pension-reform-and-the-development-of-pension-systems-an-evaluation-of-world-bank-assistance-p-442813.htmlThu, 13 Mar 2014 05:55:26 EDT
- Handbook of Statistics: Bayesian Thinking, Modeling and ComputationThis volume describes how to develop Bayesian thinking, modelling and computation both from philosophical, methodological and application point of view. It further describes parametric and nonparametric Bayesian methods for modelling and how to use modern computational methods to summarize inferences using simulation. The book covers wide range of topics including objective and subjective Bayesian inferences with a variety of applications in modelling categorical, survival, spatial, spatiotemporal, Epidemiological, software reliability, small area and micro array data. The book concludes with a chapter on how to teach Bayesian thoughts to nonstatisticians.<p><p>Key Features:<p><p>- Critical thinking on causal effects <br>- Objective Bayesian philosophy <br>- Nonparametric Bayesian methodology <br>- Simulation based computing techniques <br>- Bioinformatics and Biostatistics<p>Key Features:<p><p>Â· Critical thinking on causal effects <br>Â· Objective Bayesian philosophy <br>Â· Nonparametric Bayesian methodology <br>Â· Simulation based computing techniques <br>Â· Bioinformatics and Biostatihttp://www.lybrary.com/handbook-of-statistics-bayesian-thinking-modeling-and-computation-p-435841.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/handbook-of-statistics-bayesian-thinking-modeling-and-computation-p-435841.htmlWed, 26 Feb 2014 07:53:21 EST
- Fundamentals of Applied Probability and Random ProcessesThis book is based on the premise that to the engineer, probability is a modeling tool. Therefore, to an engineering student the emphasis on a probability and random processes course should be on the application of probability to the solution of engineering problems. Also, since some of the engineering problems deal with data analysis, the student should also be exposed to some<br>knowledge of statistics. However, it is not necessary for the student to take a separate class on statistics since most of the prerequisites for statistics are covered in a probability course. Thus, this book differs from other books in its class in the sense that it presents a chapter on the essentials of statistics.<p><br>* Good and solid introduction to probability theory and stochastic processes<br>* Logically very well organized and writing is presented in a clear manner<br>* Choice of topics is comprehensive within the area of probability<br>* Ample homework problems organized into chapter sectionshttp://www.lybrary.com/fundamentals-of-applied-probability-and-random-processes-p-434005.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/fundamentals-of-applied-probability-and-random-processes-p-434005.htmlSat, 22 Feb 2014 14:52:26 EST
- Social Statistics: Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results<p>Many fundamentally important decisions about our social life are a function of how well we understand and analyze DATA. This sounds so obvious but it is so misunderstood. Social statisticians struggle with this problem in their teaching constantly. This book and its approach is the ally and support of all instructors who want to accomplish this hugely important teaching goal.</p><p>This innovative text for undergraduate social statistics courses is, (as one satisfied instructor put it), a "breath of fresh air." It departs from convention by not covering some techniques and topics that have been in social stat textbooks for 30 years, but that are no longer used by social scientists today. It also <I><U>includes</I></U> techniques that conventional wisdom has previously thought to be the province of graduate level courses.</p><p>Linneman's text is for those instructors looking for a thoroughly "modern" way to teach quantitative thinking, problem-solving, and statistical analysis to their students...an undergraduate social statistics course that recognizes the increasing ubiquity of analytical tools in our data-driven age and therefore the practical benefit of learning how to "do statistics," to "present results" effectively (to employers as well as instructors), and to "interpret" intelligently the quantitative arguments made by others.</p><p>A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR...</p><I><p>At a recent Charter Day celebration, author Tom Linneman was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the highest award given to young faculty members at the College of William and Mary. The citation for his award noted that Linneman has developed a reputation among his students as a demanding professor - but one who genuinely cares about them.</p></I>http://www.lybrary.com/social-statistics-managing-data-conducting-analyses-presenting-results-p-430729.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/social-statistics-managing-data-conducting-analyses-presenting-results-p-430729.htmlSat, 15 Feb 2014 19:31:32 EST
- Invisible Student Scientists: How Graduate School Science and Engineering Programs Shortchange Black, Hispanic, and Women Studen<span><span>Fisher asserts that more native-born women and underrepresented minorities need to obtain advanced degrees in the United States. Drawing on rich data from a sample of approximately 1,300 graduate students, Fisher shows how misguided graduate school policies and practices have discouraged women and minorities from seeking degrees in the sciences.</span></span>http://www.lybrary.com/invisible-student-scientists-how-graduate-school-science-and-engineering-programs-shortchange-black-hispanic-and-women-studen-p-406201.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/invisible-student-scientists-how-graduate-school-science-and-engineering-programs-shortchange-black-hispanic-and-women-studen-p-406201.htmlFri, 27 Dec 2013 07:30:46 EST
- Afghanistan - State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing PovertyAfghanistan has come a long way since emerging from major conflict in late 2001. The economy has recovered strongly, growing by nearly 50% cumulatively in the last two years (not including drugs). Some three million internally and externally displaced Afghans have returned to their country. More than four million children, a third of them girls, are in school, and immunization campaigns have achieved considerable success. The Government has supported good economic performance by following prudent macroeconomic policies and it has made extraordinary efforts to develop key national programs and to revive social services like education and health. Nevertheless, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of both per-capita incomes and social indicators, with large gender gaps. The difficult challenge of poverty reduction is made even more difficult by continuing insecurity, weak rule of law, and narcotics. Afghanistan - State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing Poverty provides a greater understanding of the core challenges that lie ahead for Afghanistan and key priorities for national reconstruction. The Afghan economy has been shaped by more than two decades of debilitating conflict and has some very unusual features which this study analyzes. The authors argue that the country must break out of the vicious cycle that would keep it insecure, fragmented politically, weakly governed, poor, dominated by the illicit economy, and a hostage to the drug industry. The study presents key elements for a breakthrough in the next two years but the daunting agenda will require strong commitment, actions, and persistence on the part of the Government and robust support from the international community.http://www.lybrary.com/afghanistan-state-building-sustaining-growth-and-reducing-poverty-p-406149.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/afghanistan-state-building-sustaining-growth-and-reducing-poverty-p-406149.htmlFri, 27 Dec 2013 04:46:59 EST
- SPSS Explained"SPSS Explained" provides students with all that they need to undertake statistical analysis using SPSS, guiding them from the basic rationale behind the statistics, through detailed explanations of the procedures, and finally to all aspects of the SPSS output. Uniquely, the explanation of the output is divided into both an essentials and an advanced section. The essentials section covers the basics that the student will need to write up statistics for a research report. The advanced section provides the more advanced users with an explanation for every part of the output to help with further understanding of the statistics.http://www.lybrary.com/spss-explained-p-398287.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/spss-explained-p-398287.htmlWed, 11 Dec 2013 06:46:30 EST
- Qualitative Analysis<p>Offering a detailed introduction to the practice of data analysis, this book is both user-friendly and theoretically grounded. Drawing on his extensive experience of qualitative research, Douglas Ezzy reviews approaches to data analysis in established research traditions including ethnography, phenomenology and symbolic interactionism, alongside the newer approaches informed by cultural studies and feminism. He explains the difference between inductive, deductive and abductive theory building, provides a guide to computer-assisted analysis and outlines techniques such as journal writing, team meetings and participant reviews.<p>This text is one of the first to treat computer assisted data analysis as an integral part of qualitative research. Exceptionally well written, this is a valuable reference for research students and professional researchers in the social sciences and health.</p>http://www.lybrary.com/qualitative-analysis-p-376197.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/qualitative-analysis-p-376197.htmlMon, 28 Oct 2013 16:31:04 EDT
- Structural Equation Modeling With AMOS: Basic Concepts, Applications, and Programming, Second Edition<p>This bestselling text provides a practical guide to the basic concepts of structural equation modeling (SEM) <EM>and</EM> the AMOS program (Versions 17 & 18). The author reviews SEM applications based on?<EM>actual </EM>data taken from her research. Noted for its non-mathematical language, this book is written for the novice SEM user. With each chapter, the author "walks" the reader through all steps involved in testing the SEM model including:</p><UL><li>an explanation of the issues addressed </LI><li>an illustration of the hypothesized and?posthoc models tested </LI><li>AMOS input and output with accompanying interpretation and explanation</LI><li>The function of?the AMOS toolbar icons and their related?pull-down menus</LI><li>The data and published reference upon which the model was based.</LI></UL><p><STRONG>With over 50% new material, highlights of the new edition include:</STRONG></p><UL><li>All new screen shots featuring Version 17 of the AMOS program? </LI><li>All data files now available at www.psypress.com/sem-with-amos </LI><li>Application of a multitrait-mulitimethod model, latent growth curve model, and?second-order model based on categorical data</LI><li>All applications based on the?most commonly used graphical interface</LI><li>The?automated?multi-group approach to testing for?equivalence</LI></UL><p>The book opens with an introduction to?the fundamental concepts of SEM <EM>and</EM> the basics?of the AMOS program. The next 3 sections present applications that focus on?single-group, multiple-group, and multitrait-mutimethod and latent growth curve models. The book concludes with a?discussion?about?non-normal?and missing (incomplete) data and? two applications capable of addressing these issues.</p><p>Intended for researchers, practitioners,?and students who use SEM <EM>and </EM>AMOS in their work, this book?is an ideal resource for graduate level courses on SEM taught in departments of psychology, education, business, and other social and health sciences and/or as a supplement in courses on applied statistics, multivariate statistics, statistics II, intermediate or advanced statistics, and/or research design. Appropriate for those with limited or no previous exposure to SEM, a prerequisite of basic statistics through regression analysis is recommended.</p>http://www.lybrary.com/structural-equation-modeling-with-amos-basic-concepts-applications-and-programming-second-edition-p-358953.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/structural-equation-modeling-with-amos-basic-concepts-applications-and-programming-second-edition-p-358953.htmlTue, 24 Sep 2013 14:31:14 EDT
- Moving Safely: Crime and Perceived Safety in Stockholm's Subway Stations<span><span>The aim of </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Moving Safely</span><span> is to provide both theoretical and empirical perspectives on safety conditions at subway stations. This book adopts an approach that is </span><span style="font-style:italic;">place-centered</span><span>, focusing on the importance of physical and social environments of these transit settings on crime and perceived safety using Stockholm transportation system as a case study . It offers suggestions on how to plan safety at subway stations with a variety of passenger preferences, needs and resources.</span></span><br /><span><span> </span></span>http://www.lybrary.com/moving-safely-crime-and-perceived-safety-in-stockholms-subway-stations-p-356341.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/moving-safely-crime-and-perceived-safety-in-stockholms-subway-stations-p-356341.htmlThu, 19 Sep 2013 09:30:50 EDT
- Applying Contemporary Statistical Techniques<b>Applying Contemporary Statistical Techniques</b> explains why traditional statistical methods are often inadequate or outdated when applied to modern problems. Wilcox demonstrates how new and more powerful techniques address these problems far more effectively, making these modern robust methods understandable, practical, and easily accessible.<p>* Assumes no previous training in statistics <br>* Explains how and why modern statistical methods provide more accurate results than conventional methods<br>* Covers the latest developments on multiple comparisons <br>* Includes recent advances in risk-based methods <br>* Features many illustrations and examples using data from real studies <br>* Describes and illustrates easy-to-use s-plus functions for applying cutting-edge techniques <br>* Covers many contemporary ANOVA (analysis of variance) and regression methods not found in other bookshttp://www.lybrary.com/applying-contemporary-statistical-techniques-p-347869.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/applying-contemporary-statistical-techniques-p-347869.htmlMon, 02 Sep 2013 14:39:15 EDT
- Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling with IBM SPSS, Second Edition<p>This book demonstrates how to use multilevel and longitudinal modeling techniques available in the IBM SPSS mixed-effects program (MIXED). Annotated screen shots provide readers with a step-by-step understanding of each technique and navigating the program. Readers learn how to set up, run, and interpret a variety of models. Diagnostic tools, data management issues, and related graphics are introduced throughout. Annotated syntax is also available for those who prefer this approach. Extended examples illustrate the logic of model development to show readers the rationale of the research questions and the steps around which the analyses are structured. The data used in the text and syntax examples are available at <U>www.routledge.com/9780415817110.</U>?? ?</p><B><p>Highlights of the new edition include:</p><UL></B><li>Updated throughout to reflect IBM SPSS Version 21. </LI><li>Further coverage of growth trajectories, coding time-related variables, covariance structures, individual change and longitudinal experimental designs (Ch.5).</LI><li>Extended discussion of other types of research designs for examining change (e.g., regression discontinuity, quasi-experimental) over time (Ch.6).</LI><li>New examples specifying multiple latent constructs and parallel growth processes (Ch. 7). </LI><li>Discussion of alternatives for dealing with missing data and?the use of sample weights within multilevel data structures (Ch.1).</LI></UL><p>The book opens with the conceptual and methodological issues associated with multilevel and longitudinal modeling, followed by a discussion of SPSS data management techniques which facilitate working with multilevel, longitudinal, and cross-classified data sets. Chapters 3 and 4 introduce the basics of multilevel modeling: developing a multilevel model, interpreting output, and trouble-shooting common programming and modeling problems. Models for investigating individual and organizational change are presented in chapters 5 and 6, followed by models with multivariate outcomes in chapter 7. Chapter 8 provides an illustration of multilevel models with cross-classified data structures. The book concludes with ways to expand on the various multilevel and longitudinal modeling techniques and issues when conducting multilevel analyses. ?</p><p>Ideal as a supplementary text for graduate courses on multilevel and longitudinal modeling, multivariate statistics, and research design taught in education, psychology, business, and sociology, this book's practical approach also appeals to researchers in these fields. The book provides an excellent supplement to Heck & Thomas's <I>An Introduction to Multilevel Modeling Techniques, 2nd Edition;</I> however, it can also be used with any multilevel and/or longitudinal modeling book or as a stand-alone text.</p>http://www.lybrary.com/multilevel-and-longitudinal-modeling-with-ibm-spss-second-edition-p-345410.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/multilevel-and-longitudinal-modeling-with-ibm-spss-second-edition-p-345410.htmlWed, 28 Aug 2013 17:31:15 EDT
- Yearbook of China City Competitiveness 2012Complied by the China Institute of City Competitiveness and the Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Yearbook of China City Competitiveness series has a history of more than 10 years. This title provides a comprehensive analysis of 297 cities in China by looking at the key performance areas of each city: economy, industry, finance, business, infrastructure, social system, environment, education, technology, and culture. The Yearbook of China City Competitiveness also provides an in-depth analysis of the 30 most competitive cities, as well as the 30 cities with the biggest potential for growth.http://www.lybrary.com/yearbook-of-china-city-competitiveness-2012-p-328623.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/yearbook-of-china-city-competitiveness-2012-p-328623.htmlThu, 25 Jul 2013 15:38:00 EDT
- A Step-by-Step Guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies<p><i>A Step-by-Step Guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies</i> offers appropriate advice and an easy to understand guideto SPSS fopr all students studying for their undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in sports and exercise.</p>http://www.lybrary.com/a-stepbystep-guide-to-spss-for-sport-and-exercise-studies-p-318286.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/a-stepbystep-guide-to-spss-for-sport-and-exercise-studies-p-318286.htmlThu, 04 Jul 2013 16:36:39 EDT
- Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windowshttp://www.lybrary.com/quantitative-data-analysis-with-spss-release-10-for-windows-p-314075.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/quantitative-data-analysis-with-spss-release-10-for-windows-p-314075.htmlWed, 26 Jun 2013 08:36:26 EDT
- Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 8 for WindowsThe latest edition of this best-selling introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis through the use of a computer package has been completely updated to accomodate the needs of users of SPSS release 8 for Windows.http://www.lybrary.com/quantitative-data-analysis-with-spss-release-8-for-windows-p-301010.htmlhttp://www.lybrary.com/quantitative-data-analysis-with-spss-release-8-for-windows-p-301010.htmlFri, 31 May 2013 02:33:50 EDT