# Breezy basics.

Review Title |
Breezy basics. |

Year |
1982 |

Month |
Aug |

Abstract |
Reviews the book, Basic Statistical Concepts. 2nd ed by Albert E. Bartz (1981). The second edition of "Basic Statistical Concepts" differs from the first edition primarily in terms of the addition of study questions for each chapter and new sections on the one-tailed t test, Tukey's multiple comparison test, and the two-factor ANOVA. As was the case with the first edition, the content is conventional, the approach is intuitive, and the style is breezy. Students will like this book. Unfortunately, there are many substantive errors, almost all of which can also be found in other introductory texts. Some examples of these problems follow. It is incorrectly suggested that (a) the median test is appropriate only in the two-group case and (b) distribution-free statistics are assumption-free. In the measurement arena it is not true that "in order to use the standard error of estimate...it is necessary that X and Y be normally distributed in the population." On the positive side, the author has wisely chosen to avoid including most of the typical collection of grouped-data formulas that still clutter many introductory statistics books. In conclusion, this is a well-written but technically flawed book. There are now several other choices at this level that are both readable and accurate. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved) |

Serial Title |
Contemporary Psychology |

Volume/Issue |
Vol 27(8) |

Publisher |
American Psychological Association |

APA Database |
PsycCritiques |

Document Type |
Review-Book |

File Name |
2006-06535-041.pdf |

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