Simple Statistical Tests for Geography

Danny McCarroll

October 11, 2016 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 336 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498758819 - CAT# K27662

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  • Statistical concepts explained briefly and in simple language
  • Clear guidance on choosing the right test
  • Focus on explaining the logic rather than the mathematics
  • Wide range of mainly non-parametric tests suitable for student projects
  • Many worked examples drawn from physical and human geography
  • Clear instructions for running tests using on-line calculators, spreadsheets, SPSS and R Commander
  • Simple spreadsheet-based calculators for most tests provided on a companion site
  • Comprehensive set of tables of critical values
  • Equations kept separate from the main text and worked through one step at a time


This book is aimed directly at students of geography, particularly those who lack confidence in manipulating numbers. The aim is not to teach the mathematics behind statistical tests, but to focus on the logic, so that students can choose the most appropriate tests, apply them in the most convenient way and make sense of the results. Introductory chapters explain how to use statistical methods and then the tests are arranged according to the type of data that they require. Diagrams are used to guide students toward the most appropriate tests. The focus is on nonparametric methods that make very few assumptions and are appropriate for the kinds of data that many students will collect. Parametric methods, including Student’s t-tests, correlation and regression are also covered.

Although aimed directly at geography students at senior undergraduate and graduate level, this book provides an accessible introduction to a wide range of statistical methods and will be of value to students and researchers in allied disciplines including Earth and environmental science, and the social sciences.


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