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NCJ Number: 183366 Find in a Library
Title: Data Analysis for Criminal Justice and Criminology: Practice and Applications
Author(s): Jerome McKean; Bryan Byers
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 272
Sponsoring Agency: Allyn and Bacon, Inc
Needham Heights, MA 02194-2310
Publication Number: ISBN 0-205-27480-3
Sale Source: Allyn and Bacon, Inc
Publicity Manager
160 Gould Street
Needham Heights, MA 02194-2310
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended as a textbook for undergraduate criminal justice or criminology majors, this book addresses data analysis and statistics in criminal justice and criminology with examples, research, and opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in data analysis and statistics.
Abstract: Chapter 1 is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in criminal justice. It covers levels of measurement; descriptive statistics; ratios, percentages, proportions, and rates; measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; and an introduction to statistical concepts. Chapter 2 focuses on the construction and interpretation of contingency tables, as it discusses cross-tabulation, cross-tabulation with ordinal variables, and multivariate analysis of contingency tables. Chapter 3 discusses the use of chi-square to test hypotheses with contingency tables; and Chapter 4 addresses measures of association used with contingency tables. In explaining the normal distribution and confidence intervals, Chapter 5 defines the normal distribution and provides overviews of population parameters and sample statistics, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and confidence levels, and confidence intervals for proportions and percentages. Chapter 6 focuses on comparing two sample means, followed by a chapter on analysis of variance. Remaining chapters consider correlation and simple regression and multiple regression and correlation. A significant feature of this textbook is the combined use within each chapter of research literature, study questions, and chapter exercises germane to text presentation. 13 references and appended criminal justice research Internet site guide and statistical tables
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal justice education; Data analysis; Regression analysis; Statistical analysis
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