Statistics for Health, Life and Social Sciences by Denis Anthony

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In later chapters I will just tell you to open a dataset, and you will find all details of the variables in the Appendix. All the datafiles are downloadable from the BookBoon website. I gave out a survey questionnaire (see Figure 28 ) over the next two pages (I gave this out as a single sheet double-sided) and entered the data into SPSS. This survey was conducted in 2005, when some of my nursing students were not very computer literate, many were mature students who were re-entering the education system after many years.

2010) Introductory statistics for health and nursing using SPSS, London, Sage. PALLANT, J. (2007) Title SPSS survival manual : a step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS for Windows Maidenhead Open University Press. 54 Statistics for Health, Life and Social Sciences Graphs 4 Graphs Key points Graphs are alternatives to descriptive statistics At the end of this unit you should be able to: Create barcharts (including with error bars), histograms, boxplots and scatterplots. Introduction I introduced descriptive statistics in chapter three.

Variability Data may be clustered tightly around the mean value or very spread out. Variance is measured by essentially adding together the differences between the actual salaries and the mean (in fact the squared differences are used, so a value below the mean and one above the mean do not cancel each other out). It is defined the mean of the sum of the squared deviation of each value from the mean. 3 43 Statistics for Health, Life and Social Sciences Introducing descriptive statistics However this is only correct if our sample is the whole population, if it is a sample drawn from the population (typically is) then we divide not by the number of observations n but by n-1 Then variance is 410/10 = 41 Note here the few values that are very different contribute massively to the variance, the one age of 45 contributes more than the rest of the ages put together.

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