Introduction: Statistics as a Research Tool
The purpose of statistical analysis is to clarify and not confuse. It is a tool for answering questions. It allows us to take large bodies of information and summarize them with a few simple statements. It lets us come to solid conclusions even when the realities of the research world make it difficult to isolate the problems we seek to study. Without statistics, conducting research about crime and justice would be virtually impossible. Yet, there is perhaps no other subject in their university studies that criminal justice students find so difficult to approach.