Modern Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition

Rand Wilcox

August 8, 2017 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 706 Pages - 100 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498796781 - CAT# K30405


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•Covers standard methods as well as the most recent advances and insights regarding when classic methods perform well and when and why they are unsatisfactory

•Provides many examples, using data from actual studies, which illustrate the potential problems associated with methods routinely taught and used as well as the practical utility of modern techniques.

•Offers over 900 R functions

•Includes solutions to selected exercises in an appendix

•New edition will add coverage of advances in several statistical methods as well as new R functions


Requiring no prior training, Modern Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences provides a two-semester, graduate-level introduction to basic statistical techniques that takes into account recent advances and insights that are typically ignored in an introductory course.

Hundreds of journal articles make it clear that basic techniques, routinely taught and used, can perform poorly when dealing with skewed distributions, outliers, heteroscedasticity (unequal variances) and curvature. Methods for dealing with these concerns have been derived and can provide a deeper, more accurate and more nuanced understanding of data. A conceptual basis is provided for understanding when and why standard methods can have poor power and yield misleading measures of effect size. Modern techniques for dealing with known concerns are described and illustrated.


  • Presents an in-depth description of both classic and modern methods
  • Explains and illustrates why recent advances can provide more power and a deeper understanding of data
  • Provides numerous illustrations using the software R
  • Includes an R package with over 1300 functions
  • Includes a solution manual giving detailed answers to all of the exercises

This second edition describes many recent advances relevant to basic techniques. For example, a vast array of new and improved methods is now available for dealing with regression, including substantially improved ANCOVA techniques. The coverage of multiple comparison procedures has been expanded and new ANOVA techniques are described.

Rand Wilcox is a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of 13 other statistics books and the creator of the R package WRS. He currently serves as an associate editor for five statistics journals. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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