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eBook Statistics for Archaeologists: A Common Sense Approach (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology) ePub

by Robert D. Drennan

  • ISBN: 0306453274
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Robert D. Drennan
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (June 30, 1996)
  • Pages: 273
  • ePub book: 1865 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1932 kb
  • Other: lrf azw azw txt
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 639

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American Antiquity) Statistics for Archaeologists effectively integrates both traditional statistical methods and more recent techniques of exploratory data analysis (EDA). Drennan has produced a usable and insightful statistics text. Journal of Field Archaeology, 1998). It truly is a common sense approach. I would recommend this book to anyone learning archaeological methods and crunching field data. Statistics for Archaeologists by Robert S.

A Common Sense Approach. Three brand new sections: resampling approaches, point sampling, multivariate analysis. Provides updates and clarifications throughout, based on feedback from students and teachers. Taking a jargon-free approach, this teaching tool introduces the basic principles of statistics to archaeologists.

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This book is intended as an introduction to basic statistical principles and techniques for the archaeologist. It grows primarily from my experience in teaching courses in quantitative analysis for undergraduate and graduate stu dents in archaeology over a number of years.

Statistics is often perceived as something mysterious and hostile, and this holds particularly true for archaeologists. Nonetheless, every scholar would agree that archaeological data are often numerical in nature, and this is the very reason why one can never escape the minefield of statistics. The merit of Drennan’s work is that he takes readers by the hand and gently guides them through that minefield, letting them discover that statistics can be a matter easily approached and understood from a commonsense perspective.

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Taking a jargon-free approach, this teaching tool introduces the basic principles of statistics to archaeologists. The author covers the necessary techniques for analyzing data collected in the field and laboratory as well as for evaluating the significance of the relationships between variables. In addition, chapters discuss the special concerns of working with samples.

this is a superb book, setting the use of basic statistics in a format that makes sense of the formulas rather than just saying "compute this". Mathematically fluent students who scorn a specific context will complain that there is too much "talky talky" surrounding the formulas.

Taking a jargon-free approach, this teaching tool introduces the basic principles of statistics to archaeologists.

Taking a jargon-free approach, this guidebook introduces the basic principles of statistics to archaeologists. The author covers the necessary techniques for analyzing data collected in the field and laboratory as well as for evaluating the significance of the relationships between variables. In addition, chapters discuss the special concerns of working with samples. This well-illustrated guide features several practice problems making it an ideal text for students in archaeology and anthropology.

Comments

Kiutondyl Kiutondyl
Robust Methods. One sample t test to find significance or null hypothesis. Product-moment correlation coefficient. If you don't have a clue what any of those terms are, read Drennan's book! I am hopeless when it comes to math, any kind of math. Numbers and I just don't get along and a calculator won't always cover it in archaeology. This book saved my sanity and my methods and inference grades. Drennan has the exceptional ability to break down complex statistical terms and concepts in an understandable way. It truly is a common sense approach. I would recommend this book to anyone learning archaeological methods and crunching field data.
Fast Lovebird Fast Lovebird
I'm a PhD candidate in archaeology, and I've taken several statistics courses before. I bought this book to help me refresh my memory on stats and determine which methods would best help me in my dissertation research. Unfortunately, the book didn't help in that regard--my work is apparently a bit too advanced for what is covered in this book.

HOWEVER, this book is great for what it is: an introduction to statistics for archaeology students. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Other than one issue (where the author uses rather idiosyncratic names for some rather simple and common statistical concepts), this book is perfect, and it has quickly become my go-to resource on statistics.
santa santa
Written more accessibly than Thomas' "Refiguring Anthropology", and covers some different ground. As a complete non-statistician, i found this book a good resource.
Jaberini Jaberini
everything I expected, school bookstore had it for $320, got it with 2 day shipping tax included for around 75$ on amazon. good stuff.
Kahavor Kahavor
Statistics for Archaeologists by Robert S. Drennan will be extremely helpful for anyone working with archaeological material. Drennan explains how statistica formulae actually work and how they can best be used. For those of us with a passing acquaintance with statistical methods this book is a godsend.
Zuser Zuser
Statistics for stupids might be the name...the e-book edition is bad also..
hulk hulk
This was a required textbook for a class I took that was "Research Design and Data Analysis", i.e. Statistics for Archaeologists. This book has good things, and some parts that really bother me.

The good: Drennan uses archaeological examples to illustrate the concepts he's trying to teach. This approach makes the concepts very relatable. As stated in a few other reviews, it is very plain-English, no nonsense, no real math mumbo-jumbo. These are great things about it.

The (only) bad: this one is major for me and makes it very confusing at times. He attempts to adopt his own nomenclature for statistical concepts. I've taken statistics before, so I'm not unfamiliar with some of the concepts. But by deviating from accepted mathematical terms for certain concepts, I feel more confused. If I have to get a outside source (I tend to watch youtube videos for supplemental explanations) I sometimes have difficulty relating which terms he's using with proper terms). For example: he likes to call samples "batches" and populations "samples" and other things similar. I wish he would just use the standard, accepted mathematical terminologies. Archaeologists aren't dumb; we can handle some math stuff.

That's it. Definitely helpful for laboratory analysis, but can get cumbersome and difficult at times.
Very easy to understand, written in plain english, this little book is a must for archaeologists and archaeology students. It sets up basic statistical principles of common use in archaeology in a way that anybody can understand. Its even got practice exercises at the end of every chapter. Worth the money!