RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 31011850 LA English T1 Statistics as principled argument A1 Abelson, Robert P., PB L. Erlbaum Associates PP Hillsdale, N.J. YR 1995 SN 0805805273 9780805805277 0805805281 9780805805284 1410601153 9781410601155 AB The author delves into the too-often-dismissed problems of interpreting quantitative data and then presenting them in the context of a coherent story about one's research ... The focus of the book is that the purpose of statistics is to organize a useful argument from quantitative evidence, using a form of principled rhetoric. Five criteria, described by the acronym MAGIC (magnitude, articulation, generality, interestingness, and credibility) are proposed as crucial features of a persuasive, principled argument. Particular statistical methods are discussed, with minimum use of formulas and heavy data sets. The ideas throughout the book revolve around elementary probability theory, t tests, and simple issues of research design. It is therefore assumed that the reader has already had some access to elementary statistics. Many examples are included to explain the connection of statistics to substantive claims about real phenomena.