# Survey research and design in psychology/Lectures/Descriptives & graphing

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Lecture 03: Descriptives & graphing

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This is the third lecture for the Survey research and design in psychology unit of study.

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## Outline[edit]

Overviews descriptive and graphical approaches to analysis of univariate data.

- Steps with data
- How to approach data
- Parametric & non-parametric statistics & level of measurement
- Properties of the normal distribution
- Non-normal distribution
- Univariate descriptive statistics
- Univariate graphs

The lecture resources include presentation slides, audio and video recordings, and additional notes.

## Readings[edit]

- Howitt and Cramer (2011a):
- Chapter 01 - Why you need statistics: Types of data (pp. 1-10)
- Chapter 02 - Describing variables: Tables and diagrams (pp. 11-22)
- Chapter 03 - Describing variables numerically: Averages, variation and spread (pp. 23-35)
- Chapter 04 - Shapes of distributions of scores (pp. 36-45)
- Chapter 05 - Standard deviation and
*z*-scores: The standard unit of measurement in statistics (pp. 46-58)

- Howitt and Cramer (2014a):
- Chapter 01 - Why statistics? (pp. 1-16)
- Chapter 02 - Some basics: Variability and measurement (pp. 19-28)
- Chapter 03 - Describing variables: Tables and diagrams (pp. 29-43)
- Chapter 04 - Describing variables numerically: Averages, variation and spread (pp. 44-57)
- Chapter 05 - Shapes of distributions of scores (pp. 58-70)
- Chapter 06 - Standard deviation and
*z*-scores: The standard unit of measurement in statistics (pp. 71-85)

## Videos[edit]

- Video: Science is beautiful - explores 3 different visualisations, Florence Nightingale (health), genome overlaps, ocean currents (Nature Video, Youtube, 5:30 mins).
- Video: Is Pivot a turning point for the web? - demonstrates the potential for dynamic data visualisation in order to discover patterns and links (Gary Flake, TED talk - 6:25 mins).

## Slides[edit]

- Lecture slides (Slideshare)
- 2015 handouts:

## See also[edit]

- Survey design (Previous lecture)
- Correlation (Next lecture)
- Level of measurement
- Normal distribution
- Descriptive statistics
- Graphing
- Summary of univariate descriptive statistics and graphs for the four levels of measurement (pdf)

## External links[edit]

- Describing variables:Tables and figures quiz (Practice) (Howitt & Cramer, 2011)
- Describing variables numerically quiz (Practice) (Howitt & Cramer, 2011)
- Shapes and distributions of scores quiz (Practice) (Howitt & Cramer, 2011)
- Why we hate infographics and why you should (Cyrille Vincey, 24/9/2013)