Selecting Statistics  

This program was written by:

William M.K. Trochim
Cornell University

Based on:

Andrews, F.M., Klem, L. Davidson, T.N., O'Malley, P.M., and Rodgers, W.L. (1981). A Guide for Selecting Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Social Science Data, 2nd Ed. Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, all rights reserved. Used with permission of the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan. Any modifications of the guide are the responsibility of the present developer and have not been checked with the original authors.

The authors gave permission for this version to remain on this site (correspondence, L. Klem).

PLEASE NOTE:  The 1998 printed edition of Selecting Statistics was published by SAS under the title:

Andrews, Frank M.,  Klem, Laura, O'Malley, Patrick M., Rodgers, Willard L., Welch, Kathleen B., Davidson, Terrence N. (1998). Selecting Statistical Techniques for Social Science Data : A Guide for SAS.  SAS Institute.  To order directly through, click here.  You may also order the new edition by phoning 1-800-727-3228.  The order number is P55854.

The complete original text version may be obtained from the Survey Research Center [(313) 764-8370]

The development of this program was supported in part through NIMH Grant R01MH46712-01A1, William M.K. Trochim, Principal Investigator; and US Dept. of Education and NIMH Grant H133B00011, Judith A. Cook, Principal Investigator.

Everyone who uses this program owes a great debt to the people who painstakingly put together the text document on which this is based.

This program should not be viewed as a substitute for advanced study of statistics or consultation with a professional statistician. This program is best used as an exploratory tool when first thinking about statistical analyses, and as an aid to educating students on the selection of the correct statistical technique. The author of this program, the distributor, and the authors of the text on which it is based assume no liability for any errors contained herein.