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San Antonio, TX
statistics, sociology, quantitative analysis
Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Social Statistics | Sociology
You've all heard about statistics. Have you ever wondered what you can do with them? THINKING THROUGH STATISTICS shows how everyone, even those who hate math, can use statistics to answer questions like: WHAT causes crime and social disorder WHO is wealthy and who is not HOW do people's religious views influence their politics? This book shows you how to identify the kinds of data to use and how to organize that data to generate answers. It shows you which statistical techniques to apply. And it shows you how to interpret the results. Each chapter is built around one or more extended examples, to help you learn how to think through an entire problem. The book leads you step by step through the process of statistical reasoning. By the end, you are handling complex problems with ease.
Undergraduate -- Lower Division, Undergraduate -- Upper Division, Graduate, Professional, Adult Education
Excerpt: "This is not a traditional statistics text! Unlike such texts, it does not concern itself with the mechanics of statistical analysis. It does ask you to learn to read various kinds of data tables – a task that should not prove too daunting. But mainly it focuses on setting up sociological research problems.
Thinking through statistics, not getting stuck in them, is the agenda here."
Table of Contents
Quantitative Sociology: An Introduction
1. Mapping Social Regularities
a. Aggregate Data
2. Descriptive Statistics
a. Health and Death Rates
b. Crime Rates
3. Scatterplots and Correlations
a. More Crime Rates
4. Multiple Regression (I)
a. Social Instability and Suicide
b. Catholics and Abortion; Baptists and Murder
5. Multiple Regression (II)
a. Religion, Social Instability, and Suicide
6. Distributions and Cross-Tabulations
a. Survey Data
b. Who's Happy?
a. Who's Sexist?
8. Control Variables
a. Sex, Race, and Politics
9. T-tests and Analysis of Variance
a. Race, Education, and Socio-Economic Stratification
10. Standardized Cross-Tabulations
a. Family Structure, Wealth, and Happiness
Epilogue: Doing Sociology
a. Using the Sociological Insights® Software
b. Variable Lists:
i. Data for the 50 U.S. States
ii. 2000 General Social Survey
c. Index of Key Concepts
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Spickard, James V., "Thinking Through Statistics: Exploring Quantitative Sociology" (2005). Open Educational Resources. Book 1.
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