Third Time Around and Therapy for Statistics Blues

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 768–769. Reviews the books, Winning with Statistics: A Painless First Look at Numbers, Ratios, Percentages, Means, and Inference by Richard P. Runyon (1977); and Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3rd ed by Robert K. Young and Donald J. Veldman (1977). Both of these books are intended for the introductory course in statistics for undergraduates, although the purpose of each is somewhat different. The Young and Veldman third edition is a textbook for a course in statistics, whereas the paperback by Runyon is designed to amuse and give comfort (therapy) to the student who is worried about taking statistics, while still teaching many fundamental concepts in the usual statistics courses. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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