Language : English
Published : 2013-01-28
Pages : 352
How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
This concise and engaging text teaches the basic principles of good reasoning through an examination of widely held beliefs about the paranormal, the supernatural, and the mysterious. By explaining what distinguishes knowledge from opinion, science from pseudoscience, and evidence from hearsay, How to Think about Weird Things helps the reader develop the skills needed to tell the true from the false and the reasonable from the unreasonable.
Introduction to Data Mining presents fundamental concepts and algorithms for those learning data mining for the first time. Each concept is explored thoroughly and supported with numerous examples. The text requires only a modest background in mathematics. Each major topic is organized into two chapters, beginning with basic concepts that provide necessary background for understanding each data mining technique, followed by more advanced concepts and algorithms. Quotes This book provides a comprehensive coverage of important data mining techniques. Numerous examples are provided to lucidly illustrate the key concepts. -Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida In my opinion this is currently the best data mining text book on the market. I like the comprehensive coverage which spans all major data mining techniques including classification, clustering, and pattern mining (association rules). -Mohammed Zaki, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
For courses in computer science and software engineering The Fundamental Practice of Software Engineering Software Engineering introduces students to the overwhelmingly important subject of software programming and development. In the past few years, computer systems have come to dominate not just our technological growth, but the foundations of our world’s major industries. This text seeks to lay out the fundamental concepts of this huge and continually growing subject area in a clear and comprehensive manner. The Tenth Edition contains new information that highlights various technological updates of recent years, providing students with highly relevant and current information. Sommerville’s experience in system dependability and systems engineering guides the text through a traditional plan-based approach that incorporates some novel agile methods. The text strives to teach the innovators of tomorrow how to create software that will make our world a better, safer, and more advanced place to live.
Research Methods for Business Students has been fully revised for this seventh edition and continues to be the market-leading textbook in its field, guiding hundreds of thousands of student researchers to success in their research methods modules, research proposals, projects and dissertations. So, if you’re thinking …’How do I choose my topic?’ ‘I’m confused by all these different philosophies’ ‘I need to collect my data; what do I do first?’ ‘When and what do I need to write? …then, open this book to discover: * Regular checklists and ‘Progressing your research project’ sections to give you step-by-step practical guidance on the process * A glossary of clear definitions for 600 research terms * Cases and examples of students’ and academics’ research and topical news articles illustrating research in practice * Detailed chapters on choosing your topic, reviewing the literature, understanding philosophies, research design, access and ethics, secondary data, data collection and analysis, and writing about and presenting your research Don’t forget to visit www.pearsoned.co.uk/saunders where you can use online tutorials on research software, such as IBM SPSS Statistics and NVivo, test yourself with hundreds of multiple choice questions, analyse over 60 further case studies, and learn how to search the Internet more efficiently and effectively with our Smarter Online Searching guide! Start your project with confidence and complete it with success! Mark Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods at The Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. Philip Lewis was a Principal Lecturer and Adrian Thornhill was a Head of Department, both at the University of Gloucestershire.
Unrivalled in the way it makes the teaching of statistics compelling and accessible to even the most anxious of students, the only statistics textbook you and your students will ever need just got better! Lecturers/instructors – request a free digital inspection copy here or, if outside of Europe, here With a little help from his weird band of characters, Andy Field has transformed the way students engage with statistics. The Fourth Edition of the award-winning book continues, with its unique blend of humour and collection of bizarre examples, to bring statistics – from first principles to advanced concepts – well and truly to life using IBM SPSS Statistics. WebAssign(R) – manage and monitor your student’s progress quickly and easily online Choose to use WebAssign(R) alongside the new Fourth Edition of Andy Field’s textbook and in moments you can set up courses and schedule assignments (using the 2000 questions available) and track individual performance so you can spot in an instant where more instruction or practice is needed. WebAssign(R) lets you set questions for your students to practise over and over again. They get instant feedback and also links to the relevant chapter or section in the integral ebook to help them work out the correct solution. Contact your local SAGE representative for more details SAGE MobileStudy – study where and when you like Scan any QR code within the book to access revision material on a smartphone or tablet such as Cramming Sam’s Study tips, flashcard glossaries, interactive multiple choice questionnaires and more. Click here to take a look (if you’re accessing the site from a desktop you’ll be taken to the Companion Website instead; look out for the MobileStudy icon to show you which pages are also available on the MobileStudy site). See how Andy’s book is changing the landscape for textbooks through the use of technology! Support materials for a wide range of disciplines Education and Sport Sciences lecturer support materials with enhanced ones for Psychology, Business and Management and the Health Sciences on the enhanced Companion Website make the book even more relevant to a wider range of subjects across the social sciences and where statistics is taught to a cross-disciplinary audience. Other major new updates include: * Now fully compatible with recent IBM SPSS Statistics releases up to and including version 21. * Two new characters! Statistical cult leader Oditi provides students with access to video clips via his Lantern to help further understanding of statistical/SPSS concepts, while Confusius helps students to make better sense of statistical terms. * The enhanced Companion Website offers plenty of lecturer and student material to use in conjunction with the textbook. These include PowerPoints and subject-specific testbanks for lecturers as well as answers to the Smart Alex tasks at the end of the each chapter; datafiles for testing problems in SPSS; flashcards of key concepts; self-assessment multiple-choice questions; and online videos of key statistical and SPSS procedures discussed in the textbook for students. Video Links * Go behind the scenes of the Fourth Edition, and find out about the man behind the book * Watch Andy introduce SAGE MobileStudy * Ask Andy Anything: Teaching stats…and Robbie Williams’ head * Ask Andy Anything: Gibson or Fender * Ask Andy Anything: The one part of the book Andy hated writing