**Tentative table of contents for my second book (created 2010-07-24)**.

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As I mentioned in an earlier webpage, I am talking to some publishers about writing a second book. The working title is "Jumpstart Statistics: How to Restart Your Stalled Research Project." Here's a tentative table of contents.

Preface

Introduction

- The first three steps in selecting a research hypothesis

- Choose an outcome measure

- Define your patient population

- Select your control group

- The first three steps in selecting a research design

- Decide if you can/should randomize

- Consider the advantages/disadvantages of retrospective versus prospective research

- Think about the most efficient way to select subjects

- The first three steps in determining an appropriate sample size

- Define your research hypothesis

- Find a measure of variability for your outcome measure

- Specify the minimum clinically important difference

- The first three steps in developing a pilot study

- Visualize the bigger study in the future

- Identify planning gaps

- Think about where "Murphy's Law" might strike

- The first three steps in designing a questionnaire

- Brainstorm to develop a long list of questions/responses and then prune back what isn't needed

- Get opinions about your questionnaire from content experts

- Pilot test your questionnaire

- The first thee steps in obtaining ethical approval for your study

- Establish your credentials as a researcher

- Demonstrate your concern for privacy rights

- Prepare a defensible strategy for data analysis

- The first three steps in data entry

- Arrange your data in a rectangular grid

- Create codes for categorical data

- Document missing values

- The first three steps in a descriptive data analysis

- Know your count

- Compute ranges and frequencies

- Examine relationships using crosstabs, boxplots, and/or scatterplots

- The first three steps in a linear regression analysis

- Plot your data and examine your assumptions

- Compute a simple model

- Compute an adjusted model

- The first three steps in a logistic regression analysis

- Examine raw probabilities using crosstabs

- Compute a simple model

- Compute an adjusted model

- The first three steps in a survival data analysis

- Plot Kaplan-Meier curves for each group

- Compare a simple survival model

- Compute an adjusted model

- The first three steps in a non-linear regression analysis

- Use calculus to explore the nature of your non-linear function

- Graph, re-graph, and graph again

- Compare your results to simpler and/or more complex models

- The first three steps in writing a methods section of a research paper

- Define who got in and who was left out

- Explain how you justified your sample size

- Document the statistical procedures and the statistical software that you used

- The first three steps in writing a results section of a research paper

- Present general demographic information

- Prepare a flow chart of exclusions, refusals, and dropouts

- Present crude and adjusted estimates and their confidence intervals

- The first three steps in writing a discussion section of a research
paper

- Paint the big picture

- Acknowledge any weaknesses

- Play up any strengths

- The first three steps in setting up a quality control program

- Establish management support

- Measure your process

- Experiment