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 Approach Used in this Handbook


The Applied Statistics Handbook was developed to serve as a quick reference for undergraduate and graduate liberal arts students taking research methods courses.  The Handbook augments classroom lecture and commonly available statistical texts by providing an easy to follow outline for conducting and interpreting data analysis and hypothesis tests.  It was not designed as a stand-alone statistical text, although some may wish to use it concurrently with a comprehensive lecture series.

The approach of this Handbook is to present commonly used steps and formulas in statistics, provide an example of how to conduct the calculations by hand, and then an example of software output.  The software output has annotated interpretations. This approach connects classically taught statistics with statistical software output.  The output is very similar to SAS, SPSS, and other common statistical software, so skills learned with the Handbook are transferable to almost any statistical software to include the analysis module available in Microsoft Excel.


AcaStat Software

AcaStat is an easy to use statistical software system that provides modules for analyzing raw (electronic data not aggregated) and summary data (multiple records reduced to counts, means, proportions, etc.).  Most of the software output presented in the Handbook was created with AcaStat. 


Student Workbook

The Handbook works well with the Student Workbook.  The Workbook includes examples and practical exercises designed to teach applied analytical skills.  It is designed to work with AcaStat software but can also be used with other statistical software packages.


The Workbook is a free download from http://www.acastat.com.




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