Trying To Make Statistics Meaningful

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 483–484. Reviews the book, A Sampler on Sampling by Bill Williams (1978). The purpose of the book is to convey an understanding of the principles of statistical sampling to the nonmathematically inclined person and, notes that the presentation is almost entirely in the form of numerical examples from which generalizations are easily made. The volume exhibits some deficiencies in the “how-to” aspects of sampling, but it compensates for these weaknesses in its lucid and eminently practical exposition of what one can and cannot do with statistics. The other major defect of the book as an introduction to sampling is that it attempts to deal with sampling with only minor and peripheral mention of costs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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