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Statistics in psychology. An historical perspective. (English) Zbl 0717.62104
Hove etc.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. xvi, 218 p. $ 46.95; £30.00 (1989).
This book was written primarily for university students in psychology and the social sciences. Its origins lie in my efforts to inject into my courses in statistics and experimental design some feeling for the life that there is in the material. For mathematicians and mathematical statisticians the satisfaction of arriving successfully at the end of a proof, of seeing the structure of a particular logical development, is reward enough. But for many of the students that I encounter, statistics consists of the struggle to understand and apply a series of rules for data manipulation, and the reward that has been established by the social sciences comes when those manipulations provide significant outcomes. It became clear to me that this is not always reward enough and I therefore decided to try to examine the subject matter of the statistical recipe books from the standpoint of its origins and development.

MSC:
62P15 Applications of statistics to psychology
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics
00A06 Mathematics for nonmathematicians (engineering, social sciences, etc.)
01-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to history and biography
62-03 History of statistics
91C99 Social and behavioral sciences: general topics
62P25 Applications of statistics to social sciences
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