The Simplified Guide to Understanding Statistics in the Social Sciences

By Kelly Tabbutt

Numbers don’t lie, but without the proper skills to interpret them, they can indeed be very deceptive.

Fancy Comma, LLC has developed a two-part series that can help readers better understand statistics in the social sciences. We hope that this information can help you be better able to understand everyday statistics such as political polls and opinion polling.

In Part 1, “Numbers and Graphs,” we talk about different ways to both present numbers and visualize complex numerical data.

In Part 2, “Reliability and Validity,” we discuss ways to figure out whether the statistics you are looking at are worth your time in terms of the methods used to collect them.

Numbers don’t lie, but without the proper skills to interpret them, they can indeed be very deceptive. We hope our Simplified Guide to Understanding Statistics in the Social Sciences can help you better understand all of the statistics you may encounter on a daily basis.

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