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The 7 Steps of Data AnalysisThe 7 Steps of Data Analysis: A Manual for Conducting a Quantitative Research Study

By William M. O’Bannon, Jr., PhD

The primary purpose of this book is to empower the user to conduct a legitimate and effective data analysis project (a quantitative research study) from the point of conceiving of a research question, through statistical analysis, and to the completion of the project in a professionally formatted manuscript that presents the study results.

“The definitive text on applied data analysis”- Lori Bruno, MPH

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Overview

The primary purpose of this book is to empower the user to conduct a legitimate and effective data analysis project (a quantitative research study) from the point of conceiving of a research question, through statistical analysis, and to the completion of the project, in a professionally formatted (APA, AMA) manuscript that presents the study results.

In short, this book is written to enable the reader, who may be a complete stranger to research and statistics, to effectively conduct, read, understand, and intelligently evaluate research studies that employ data analysis methods. The topics covered include:

  • How to Conduct a Quantitative Study with a Continuous Dependent Variable
  • How to Conduct a Quantitative Study with a Categorical Dependent Variable
  • Data Entry, Coding, Cleaning, and Recording
  • Statistical Power, Test Assumptions, Missing Data, Measurement Tool Assessment
  • Univariate Analysis, Bivariate Analysis and Multivariate Analysis
  • Write-Up & Report in a Manuscript
  • How to Assess Published Quantitative Research Articles and Reports

Editorial Review (Excerpt)

Rarely can I say I have used the words “excited” and “text book” together, but the introduction alone of William O’Bannon, Jr.’s The 7 Steps of Data Analysis, elicits just such a response. His clear, measured, and “digestible” (cake pun intended) way of writing is undoubtedly designed to do just what he says: “make data analysis more understandable, meaningful, and enjoyable.” His approach to the text displays the intersection of his skill and knowledge as both social worker and statistician.

There is empathy in his writing; an empathy that has allowed his use of multiple examples, figures, tables, and familiar processes (i.e. making a cake) to minimize the anxiety and confusion that often serve as barriers to learning statistics. Instead, his measured and illustrative writing style leaves one feeling “I can do this!” It is also clear that there is passion/love behind what he does, that he truly desires for us to “get it”. Because by doing so, we can finally and confidently approach answering that rolling question of who, indeed, is the boss.  (the full review is  available upon request)

Tameca N. Harris-Jackson, PhD, LICS, Assistant Lecturer – Social Work, Texas A & M University-  Central Texas

Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-615-85729-9
Author: William M. O’Bannon, Jr. PhD
Publisher: StatsWhisperer Press
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 353
Product Dimensions: 7.0 (w) x 10.0 (h) x 0.8 (d)

Price: $116 + $6 shipping and handling (please allow 3-5 business days for delivery)