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Social Statistics Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results

ISBN-10: 0415661471
ISBN-13: 9780415661478
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Description: Many fundamentally important decisions about our social life are a function of how well we understand and analyze DATA. This sounds so obvious but it is so misunderstood. Social statisticians struggle with this problem in their teaching constantly.  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/24/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

Many fundamentally important decisions about our social life are a function of how well we understand and analyze DATA. This sounds so obvious but it is so misunderstood. Social statisticians struggle with this problem in their teaching constantly. This book and its approach is the ally and support of all instructors who want to accomplish this hugely important teaching goal. This innovative text for undergraduate social statistics courses is, (as one satisfied instructor put it), a "breath of fresh air." It departs from convention by not covering some techniques and topics that have been in social stat textbooks for 30 years, but that are no longer used by social scientists today. It also includes techniques that conventional wisdom has previously thought to be the province of graduate level courses. Linneman's text is for those instructors looking for a thoroughly "modern" way to teach quantitative thinking, problem-solving, and statistical analysis to their students...an undergraduate social statistics course that recognizes the increasing ubiquity of analytical tools in our data-driven age and therefore the practical benefit of learning how to "do statistics," to "present results" effectively (to employers as well as instructors), and to "interpret" intelligently the quantitative arguments made by others. A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR... At a recent Charter Day celebration, author Tom Linneman was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the highest award given to young faculty members at the College of William and Mary. The citation for his award noted that Linneman has developed a reputation among his students as a demanding professor - but one who genuinely cares about them.

Life in a Data-Laden Age: Finding and Managing Datasets
The Art of Visual Storytelling: Creating Accurate Tables and Graphs
Summarizing Center and Diversity: Basic Descriptive Statistics
Using Sample Crosstabs to Talk about Populations: The Chi-Square Test
Using a Sample Mean or Proportion to Talk about a Population:Confidence Intervals
Using Multiple Sample Means to Talk about Populations: T-Tests and ANOVA
Give Me One Good Reason Why: Bivariate Correlation and Regression
Using Sample Slopes to Talk about Populations: Inference and Regression
It's All Relative: Dichotomies as Independent Variables in Regression
Above and Beyond: The Logic of Controlling and the Power of Nested Regression Models
Some Slopes Are Bigger Than Others: Calculating and Interpreting Beta Coefficients
Different Slopes for Different Folks: Interaction Effects
Explaining Dichotomous Outcomes: Logistic Regression
Visualizing Causal Stories: Path Analysis
Questioning the Greatness of Straightness: Nonlinear Relationships
Problems and Prospects: Regression Diagnostics, Advanced Techniques, and Where to Go Now
Variables and Indexes from the American National Election Studies, the World Values Survey, and Three Surveys from the Pew Internet and American Life Project
Eighty-Six Articles That Use Statistics in Less than Scary Ways
Statistical Tables
Answers to Selected End-of-Chapter Exercises

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