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Statistics with R

Statistics with R
A Beginner's Guide

Second Edition
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November 2022 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Statistics is made simple with this award-winning guide to using R and applied statistical methods. 

With a clear step-by-step approach explained using real world examples, learn the practical skills you need to use statistical methods in your research from an expert with over 30 years of teaching experience. With a wealth of hands-on exercises and online resources created by the author, practice your skills using the data sets and R scripts from the book with detailed screencasts that accompany each script.
This book is ideal for anyone looking to:
• Complete an introductory course in statistics
• Prepare for more advanced statistical courses
• Gain the transferable analytical skills needed to interpret research from across the social sciences
• Learn the technical skills needed to present data visually
• Acquire a basic competence in the use of R and RStudio. 

This edition also includes a gentle introduction to Bayesian methods integrated throughout.

The author has created a wide range of online resources, including: over 90 R scripts, 36 datasets, 37 screen casts, complete solutions for all exercises, and 130 multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge. 
Chapter 1: Introduction and R Instructions
Basic Terminology

Data: Qualitative or Quantitative

Data: Cross-Sectional or Longitudinal

Descriptive Statistics


Statistics: Estimation and Inference

Chapter 2: Descriptive Statistics: Tabular and Graphical Methods
Methods of Summarizing and Displaying Qualitative Data

Methods of Summarizing and Displaying Quantitative Data

Cross Tabulations and Scatter Plots

Chapter 3: Descriptive Statistics: Numerical Methods
Measures of Central Tendency

Measures of Location

Exploratory Data Analysis: The Box Plot Display

Measures of Variability

The z-Score: A Measure of Relative Location

Measures of Association: The Bivariate Case

The Geometric Mean

Chapter 4: Introduction to Probability
Some Important Definitions

Counting Rules

Assigning Probabilities

Events and Probabilities

Probabilities of Unions and Intersections of Events

Conditional Probability

Bayes' Theorem and Events

Chapter 5: Discrete Probability Distributions
The Discrete Uniform Probability Distribution

The Expected Value and Standard Deviation of a Discrete Random Variable

The Binomial Probability Distribution

The Poisson Probability Distribution

The Hypergeometric Probability Distribution

The Hypergeometric Probability Distribution: The General Case

Bayes' Theorem and Discrete Random Variables

Chapter 6: Continuous Probability Distributions
Continuous Uniform Probability Distribution

Normal Probability Distribution

Exponential Probability Distribution

Optional Material: Derivation of the Cumulative Exponential Probability Func- tion

Bayes' Theorem and Continuous Random Variables

Chapter 7: Point Estimation and Sampling Distributions
Populations and Samples

The Simple Random Sample

The Sample Statistic: x, s, and p

The Sampling Distribution of x

The Sampling Distribution of p

Some Other Commonly Used Sampling Methods

Bayes' Theorem: Approximate Bayesian Computation

Chapter 8: Confidence Interval Estimation
Interval Estimate of µ When σ Is Known

Interval Estimate of µ When σ Is Unknown

Sample Size Determination in the Case of µ

Interval Estimate of p

Sample Size Determination in the Case of p

Bayes’ Theorem: Confidence Intervals or Credible Intervals

Chapter 9: Hypothesis Tests: Introduction, Basic Concepts, and an Example
Chapter 10: Hypothesis Tests about Means and Proportions: Applications
The Lower-Tail Hypothesis Test about μ: σ Is Known

The Two-Tail Hypothesis Test about μ: σ Is Known

The Upper-Tail Hypothesis Test about μ: σ Is Unknown

The Two-Tail Hypothesis Test about μ: σ is Unknown

Hypothesis Tests about p

Calculating the Probability of a Type II Error: β

Adjusting the Sample Size to Control the Size of β

Bayes’ Theorem and an Inferential Approach to p

Chapter 11: Comparisons of Means and Proportions
The Difference between μ1 and μ2: Independent Samples

The Difference between μ1 and μ2: Paired Samples

The Difference between p1 and p2: Independent Samples

Bayes’ Theorem and the Difference between p1 and p2

Chapter 12: Simple Linear Regression
Simple Linear Regression: The Model

The Estimated Regression Equation

Goodness of Fit: The Coefficient of Determination, r2

The Hypothesis Test about β1

Alternative Approaches to Testing Significance

So Far, We Have Tested Only b1. Will We Also Test b0?

Assumptions: What Are They?

Assumptions: How Are They Validated?

Optional Material: Derivation of the Expressions for the Least-Squares Estimates of β0 and β1

Bayes’ Theorem: Using Stan to Estimate the Relationship between Two Variables

Chapter 13: Multiple Regression
Simple Linear Regression: A Reprise

Multiple Regression: The Model

Multiple Regression: The Multiple Regression Equation

The Estimated Multiple Regression Equation

Multiple Regression: The 2 Independent Variable Case

Assumptions: What Are They? Can We Validate Them?

Tests of Significance: The Overall Regression Model

Tests of Signicance: The Independent Variables

There Must Be An Easier Way Than This, Right?

Using the Estimated Regression Equation for Prediction

Independent Variable Selection: The Best-Subsets Method

Logistic Regression: The Zero-One Dependent Variable

Bayes' Theorem: Stan and Multiple Regression Analysis


This book is a treasure for both instructors and students. It is written by a master, award-winning teacher with an unparalleled expertise of getting difficult concepts across in a deceptively simple fashion. Written in clear functional English, it both teaches the usual applied statistical methods, as well as provides a gentle introduction to Bayesian methods throughout the book. This is, in essence, more of a new book than just a new edition of an existing one. However, the features that made the first edition so successful have been retained: a student needs only basic algebra to understand the conceptual formulations that are illustrated with hands-on real-life examples that will appeal to students and motivate them to understand the importance of statistics in their daily lives. 

Swati Mukerjee
Professor of Economics at Bentley University

Introduction to statistics is a busy field, and Stinerock explains the subject in a careful and friendly manner. The inclusion of Bayesian methods in the second edition is an important contribution — when it is encountered at the beginning of the statistical journey, it allows the reader to appreciate the richness of the Bayesian approach without dealing with the analytical and computational complexities of the subject.

Eric Novik
Founder and CEO of Generable Inc. and Research Scientist at NYU Steinhardt

This book is a wonderful primer for learning both statistics and introductory R programming. It is clearly written, provides straightforward explanations of traditional and Bayesian methods, has a lot of supporting material for instructors and students including numerous practice data sets and solved exercises. 

Saroja Subrahmanyan
Professor of Marketing, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California

A reading list document with clear guidance to support students working on their individual student projects at MA level- clearly written with relevant examples to support.

Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
February 21, 2024

This is a really useful book and will be useful as a teaching resource for myself as a lecturer. It would be useful for MSc students but I think might be a little confusing for my BSc cohort

Carolyn Rooth
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
September 11, 2023

This is a perfect book for R education. Thank you.

Sandaruwan Subasinghe
Communication Dept, Wayne State University
March 27, 2024

Too advanced for my students. Need something simpler.

Mr Perry Carter
Geosciences Dept, Texas Tech University
February 23, 2024

Not as basic as I would have liked.

Dr John Donaghy
Allied Health & Medicine (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
January 25, 2023

Useful book, but perhaps not aimed at the total beginner students I am working with. This seems more directed for those working in social statistics - which would be well placed

Dr Emily Lowthian
Social Science, Swansea University
October 18, 2023

Due to its contents and the clarity of the presentations.

Dr Gerardo Sanz
Interdiscipline, Universidad de Zaragoza
April 1, 2023

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