Statistics as Principled Argument: An Introduction to Descriptive and Inferential Statistics on SPSS
David Hardy, Ph.D., Psychology
This workshop will provide introductory instruction on database management, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics (hypothesis testing). We will be using SPSS, a popular statistical software program. Instruction on SPSS will be integrated with an overarching conceptual theme that statistics can help you make (or criticize) more strongly an argument. The simplest argument is to merely describe a set of data in answer to a question. For example, how much time do students at LMU spend on studying? Basic descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability will be covered. Time permitting, inferential statistics will also be introduced, where more complex and interesting arguments can be made and a hypothesis tested. For example, you want to test the (perhaps commonsensical) hypothesis that time spent studying is associated with college grade point average (an answer is provided at the workshop!). The strength of your results and argument will also be discussed. Handouts will be provided along with demonstration exercises.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (310)338-5866.
This event is part of the Quantitative and Qualitative Skills Workshop (QQSW) series.