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Free Software for Learning Statistics

Sociological Insights software accompanies the book Thinking Through Statistics. It provides an easy-to-use interface and several data sets that make learning statistics a breeze.

The provided data include:

bulletNearly 300 variables for the 50 United States, including such things as:
bulletcrime rates
bulletpoverty rates
bulletthe percentage of each state's population that is made up of various groups: Catholics, deer hunters, etc.
bulletAnswers to 250 questions from the 2000 General Social Survey (a biennial national survey of American adults).
bulletMore datasets will soon be available

Sociological Insights lets you map data across the 50 U.S. states.  It shows distribution charts, means, medians, and standard deviations.  It lets you correlate any two variables and use up to five variables in multiple regressions.  With survey data, it provides cross-tabulations, t-tests, and ANOVA, with or without control variables.  And -- unique among statistics programs -- provides standardized cross-tabulations for path analysis.

Download the software (free)
(click the link, or right click and save to disk;
then unzip to a directory and double-click 'Sociological Insights' to run)

Purchase Thinking Through Statistics for $29.98
at our Online Store

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