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Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics

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Unrivaled in the way it makes the teaching of statistics compelling and accessible to even the most anxious of students, the only statistics textbook you and your students will ever need just got better! Andy Field's comprehensive and bestselling Discovering Statistics Using SPSS 4th Edition takes students from introductory statistical concepts through very advanced co ...more
Paperback, 915 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published 2000)
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
As far as Statistics book goes... this is AMAZING.

I'd like to add this to my book list since it's at fault for taking up most of my reading time-- this and the Social Psychology textbook. If you just have to read a book on statistics (kicking, dragging and screaming), then this is the book for people like me... who kicked, screamed and cried until I calmed down enough to read Andy Field's first sentence: "Since time immemorial, social science students have despised statistics."

And just like th
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’m fairly sure this item existed on my reading list solely to leave me banging my head against a desk.

I am not a twelve-year-old boy. I do not need penis jokes every other page to hold my attention. Honestly, this book would have been much more helpful had the author not had such a juvenile sense of humour. I admit, I am somewhat childish at times (more than somewhat, in fact) but even I found this to be too much.

Seriously, the way in which it is written prevented me from focusing upon the fact
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Even though this book makes SPSS seem relatively easy to learn, it's a pain to study. You follow Brian in his attempt to learn SPSS because some big-breasted woman called Jane only wishes to date guys who can 'do statistics'. At the end of every chapter the summary is transformed into this progress-status of how succesful Brian has gotten in wooing Jane with his new knowledge, until 'finally' in the last chapter Jane invites him to her place (and in the epilogue turns out to be a horrible human ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down the most entertaining book on statistics ever. Yes, a book on statistics can be entertaining. It helped me a lot to pass an exam on statistics and is currently helping to do my own research. However, as it is always with methods, one book is never enough. This is a good and painless introduction into statistics for those who has had a very strong fear and avoiding strategy regarding statistics all their lives:) I also recommend watching Andy Fields online lectures, they are ve ...more
Leanna Aker
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good, accessible intro to most statistics procedures using SPSS. At first, the silly goofy examples make you feel more comfortable, and after awhile, you'll start skipping over the junk and wishing it wasn't there. Overall, though, a great book for someone delving into doctoral level stats work. ...more
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: browsed, non-fiction
This book and a lot of YouTube tutorials videos paved the way for the end of my thesis. Without their combination, I would be pretty much lost the whole time. It wasn't easy, but together, they made some sense. ...more
It's super weird and kind of fun, but it's statistics, and I understood about 20% of the approximately 50% I read. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPSS is a very complex topic for absolute beginners, understanding every statistical method etc. This book is written to be entertaining and helpful, I fully enjoyed it.
Daniel Cojocaru
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useful and kinda fun to read. Great for beginners.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the funniest book about SPSS that I've ever read! Granted, it's also the only one. ...more
Andrea Martin
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Andy has just disconfirmed my hypothesis that statistics can't be fun... and understandable.

This book truly is a Bible for those interested in the research field of Psychology. Particularly for those whom statistic subject has been a challenge all throughout Bachelor days for. Means I may have it on my "currently reading" section for a while yet.
Frank Kool
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To earn a degree in Psychology is to suffer through a lot of statistics courses. Fortunately, Field will make this journey into the Dark Night of the (statistical) Soul no more painful than it absolutely positively has to be. I've never encountered a resource where all the various concepts, theories, and methods were explained in such clarity and detail as in this book.
Readers may be divided about his, shall we say adolescent sense of humour, but if his gratuitous referencing to bodily fluids an
Book Addict Shaun
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
SPSS from 2008 to 2010 was the bane of my life and is the reason why I could not finish a Psychology degree. I am no good with numbers, at least not at this level and no matter how hard I tried I could not make sense of it. Anybody in the same boat as me will be recommended this book however I cannot recommend it and would advise others to look for something a bit simpler but that does the job just as well. Or find a friend and have them help you out. I still have nightmares about sitting at lib ...more
Jingbo Wei
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a business statistics student, I'v read so many different kinds of introductory statistics books. Andy's book, is definitely the best one, and way better than the 2nd best one. This book is thorough, clear, and well structured. You don't need a sound mathematical knowledge to understand the contents in this book, like other books always did. From zero to master, Learn statistics and SPSS with Andy! ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you need to understand statistics, this is an excellent tool to use. There are some crass examples throughout, but the book is humorous (yes, I used the word humorous to describe a statistics textbook) and breaks things down very well. Obviously, you need to have access to the SPSS software (included with my textbook) which is also a very helpful tool for statistics. Both tools made learning stats so much easier!!
Tim Ingham
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: methods
You can't exactly like a statistics text but this is as close as it gets. It covers pretty much everything a social scientist is going to need to know in detail but at the same time provides an easy walkthrough of the standard techniques using spss examples. It is as readable as a statistics text is ever going to be. ...more
Mallika Karunan
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never will be a fan of Statistics but Andy Fields has managed to make SPSS look like the easiest thing in the world. The equivalent of facing a ferocious dragon but really finding out that it's Mushu from Mulan. Plus, how can you go wrong with fifty thousand anecdotes about statistics when cats are involved? ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is by far the best statistics text I have read when it comes to getting your head around new and unfamiliar concepts. Excellent starting point for most statistical analyses. I have used this book as a reference for my Psychology Honours year, my Masters by Research and my MSc in Applied Statistics.
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feeling stuck doing statistical analysis? Then just ask Andy! It's very easy to read, bunch of humor, and user friendly. You wouldn't realize that you already learning statistics. The best shortcut to understand statistics. ...more
Damien Ryan
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be the standard text for every statistics course. Andy Field takes a difficult and constantly misunderstood subject and explains it in a way that not only demystifies but actually entertains.

No really.

Come back, I'm not mad.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If tabloid magazines published textbooks, I imagine they would be akin to this textbook.
Field's 'jokes' and babble detract from the main points, I wanted to throw this book out of window.
Anyone who is mathematically adept, would do best to avoid reading this, lest you chew all your nails off.
Tey Shi
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those learning statistics. Includes both theoretical understanding and how to use SPSS to get results out of raw data. Though he can be at times wordy and some of the jokes can be quite lame but this is probably one of the best statistics text around
Thus far, I'm enjoying it as much as one can enjoy a statistics text... ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Amusingly mad autobiography coupled with lucid explanations of statistics and the use of SPSS for them. Andy is probably a hero to many psychology undergraduates.
Sainted Aunt
Just confirms how much I loathe statistics. I appreciate Prof. Field's sense of humour but the sequencing of examples and activities is appalling. ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite accessible, even if you think Statistics is complicated. Sometimes the way of writing was a little exhausting, but overall it is a good textbook.
Emma Christina
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
what a lifesaver and funny to boot. I have read this through so many times and would have been lost without it.
Michelle Tabor
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful in making advanced Stats understandable in laymen terms
Andrea Grace
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't think I would have gotten through my Stats class without Andy Field and his life accolades and intriguing examples. ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really happy that I found this book. I had been dreading statistics for a while (also, I tried to get to grips with statistics with other introductory books on basic concepts) and I am really glad that there are still academics out there that know how to teach :-) The fact that Andy Field's example studies and exercises made me laugh out loud in my university's library made me want to write a review immediately. I also want to highlight that Field repeats the most important aspects througho ...more
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Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics.

He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychol

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