Just Plain Data Analysis is designed to teach students statistical literacy skills that they can use to evaluate and construct arguments about public affairs issues grounded in numerical evidence. With a new chapter on statistical fallacies and updates throughout the text, the new edition teaches students how to find, interpret, and present commonly used social indicators in an even clearer and more practical way.
Gary M. Klass teaches public policy, race and ethnicity, and quantitative research methods at Illinois State University. He is past president of the APSA Computers and Multimedia Section and co-editor of the Political Science Research and Teaching List.
Preface Chapter 1: Measuring Political, Social and Economic Conditions Chapter 2: Measuring Racial and Ethnic Inequality Chapter 3: Statistical Fallacies, Paradoxes and Threats to Validity Chapter 4: Examining a Relationship: New York City Crime Rates Chapter 5: Tabulating the Data and Writing about the Numbers Chapter 6: The Graphical Display of Data Chapter 7: Voting and Elections Chapter 8: Measuring Educational Achievement Chapter 9: Measuring Poverty and Inequality