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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Quite simply the only book on statistics that students will need to buy at university. What's new in the Second Edition? 1. Fully compliant with the latest version of SPSS version 12 2. More coverage of advanced statistics including completely new coverage of non-parametric statistics. The book is 50 per cent longer than the First Edition. 3. Each section of each chapter n ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 779 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by SAGE Publications Ltd (first published 2000)
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Marjorie Cocjin
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Za co těch 5*?

1. Tu knížku jsem nečetla od první do poslední strany, ale strávila jsem s ní tolik času, že se stala neodmyslitelnou součástí mého čtenářského života a ve snech mě bude doprovázet až do smrti (pravděpodobně).

2. Jestli se někdy dostanete do situace, kdy budete muset pochopit interpretaci statistických analýz v programu SPSS, Field je dost možná nejlepší pomocník, na jakého můžete narazit.

3. Obsahuje statisticky signifikantní množství sexu, drog a rock'n rollu.

4. Kde jinde vám před
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommend this one!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is by far the funniest book about SPSS that I've ever read! Granted, it's also the only one.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Book Addict Shaun
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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!
Tim Ingham
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Thus far, I'm enjoying it as much as one can enjoy a statistics text...
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Ida Aasebøstøl
potential-heavy on the layout; Field is verbose and _consise_ take home summaries and formulas should've been provided. Nice references, but too many and too quaint ones: I don't want to be thinking of zombies or sperm when I'm trying to explain correlation for my exams. Which, thanks to Field, I will be. On the other side; every book on the curriculum should have ample references to Maiden songs. Every.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Discovering Statistics Using SPSS Introducing Statistical Methods is an introductory book on statistics that also, at the same time, details how data analyses ought to be run using the program SPSS (originally Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). It perfectly links explanations on mathematical statistics to step-by-step instructions for running the corresponding data analyses in SPSS, and is very thorough and clear in this.

Andy Field gives useful details on absolutely anything and ever
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discovering Statistics using SPSS ist ein Buch für alle die sich mit Statistik und Spss für's Studium, aber auch zum besseren Verständnis beschäftigen möchten. Obwohl es in englischer Sprache ist, finde ich es hilfreicher als einige deutschsprachige Bücher zu diesem Thema. Andy Field, leitet jedes Kapitel mit einer kurzen Anekdote aus seinem Leben ein. Seine Erklärungen sind meist leicht verständlich und zusätzlich tauchen in jedem Kapitel noch Fenster mit einem gezeichneten Charakter (von ihm s ...more
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vida by: Professor Nik
90% of what I understand about statistics, I owe to this guy. This book is thorough, clear, and, yes, funny. Filled with self-deprecating humor, interesting study examples,* and multiple references to Field's favorite rock band (Fugazi) and his cat, the book also comes with a handy dandy CD-ROM which contains sample exercises and syntax codes. Step-by-step instructions on which keys to press and detailed instructions on their functions make this one a must-have for every beginner in both the sub ...more
Discovering Statistics Using SPSS is an amazing tool that I discovered in 2011. It is very engaging - using simple and straightforward language for complex statistical concepts. It looses a star as I find it less useful as a reference for regressions which I think is a shame. Otherwise I can only say that this textbooks is a constant companion in my day-to-day work and I recommend it to anyone who uses SPSS for the purpose of data analysis.

~Special thanks to EuroPlat for awarding me with the sec
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best statistics books for anyone who publishes research. First for all, there is humour (which is pretty cool for a statistics book). Second, there is a theoretical analysis of most statistical tests you good ever use. Third, there are very clear descriptions of why you would use the tests. Finally, Fields runs you through the conducing each tests using SPSS and how to read and digest the output. This is definitely my go to resources. The only issue I have is that the b ...more
Abdullah Suhemat
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The best book ever written on statistics. The author is extremely funny & the examples in the book are more, which made it more easy to read. I found the illustrations very useful such as Jane superbrain, Smart Alex, Brian Haemorrhage ..... I think the only problem was that the author faced the paradox of size & comprehensiveness; as he tried to cover a wide range of useful subjects , but they were beyond the scope of the book or they would have made the book too fat. The additional mate ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
This book is absolutely perfect in all ways as a foundation in how to conduct statistical analysis, in particular with SPSS, and the author is deservedly a rock star. If you want to do statistics, read this book.

If you want to understand how to use statistics in understanding the world and in decision making, do not make the mistake that you know the first thing about it after reading this book. You will need to read more- books like Common Errors in Statistics and How to Avoid Them, Intuitive B
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The fourth edition is awesome--moderated mediation chapter is added (Preacher and Hayes). And, a whole chapter on diagnostics and data cleaning.

Andy Field's style goes against my deeply held beliefs around anti-intellectualism and pandering to the lowest common denominator. He is extremely crass with his anecdotes throughout the book. But, this is the best text out there for teaching stats. The students remember concepts because he explains them so grossly. It's not the first time I've had to s
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I work with social science data and advise students on research methods so I'm always on the lookout for good sources. This book will now be top of the list if I'm ever asked to recommend a text on introductory statistics or how to use SPSS. Andy Field understands that most social science students are not expecting to encounter heavy mathematics and so he has written a book that explains statistical concepts both clearly and entertainingly. Professor Field's book is laugh out loud funny and the ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, theory
Although I would not read this book for fun, it is immensely useful to a postgraduate student in the social sciences who did not take maths A-level. Without it, I would totally at sea with quantitative analysis. It is helpful, comprehensible, and cheering enough that trying to understand chi-square doesn't make you lose the will to live. I've referred to it frequently in the past two years of study and will continue to do so. Thank you, Mr. Field!

I'm deducting a star because it's so heavy. Cycli
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truly a great book. Andy is funny, interesting and understand the amount of different examples people really need in order to figure things out for themselves. Many times I have had books that include one example per section that is overly simplified and as soon as I try working things out on my own the example on the book seem completely unrelated to me "real world" example. Andy has an abundance of different examples so you will definitely be able to match your situation with his. You will als ...more
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: most users of SPSS
Andy Field provides one of clearest introductions to statistics I have encountered. In addition, he walks the reader through the steps of running analyses in SPSS (providing both more humor and more useful details than other books I have looked at). This is the book, I refer SPSS uses to most when consulting on basic statistical issues. In particular, I recommend the sections on correlation, regression and ANOVAs. One work of warning, the section on regression diagnostics is far to confusing to ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-required
Good reference and refresher on Statistics and explains using IBM SPSS Statistics well.
If you are teaching yourself the program while reading this book, keep in mind his version includes the Bootstrap option and if you do not have the same option in your program it is hard to follow along for those demonstrations.
Other than that, solid text, well written, and engaging.
I will probably pick this one up as a reference book for my personal collection.
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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