chapter  1
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What’s stats got to do with it?

WithMoh H. Malek, Jared W. Coburn, William D. Marelich

The word "statistics" can strike fear with many individuals whether they are undergraduate or graduate students, but also with many faculty members and researchers. With the advent of computers there came statistical software packages, therefore, people do not even have to add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide, because the program does those functions. This chapter presents the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents detailed annotations of each statistical output from the IBM-SPSS- Statistics software (SPSS) statistical packages to help facilitate the interpretation of the analyses. The book also provides a sample write-up of the results which can be modeled when writing a thesis, dissertation, or manuscript. It is divided into three sections (analysis of variance [ANOVA], Regression, and MANOVA). A variety of statistical analyses are commonly reported in journals related to kinesiology/exercise science.