ISBN-13: 9780415890052 / Angielski / Miękka / 2015 / 364 str.
ISBN-13: 9780415890052 / Angielski / Miękka / 2015 / 364 str.
In politics, you begin by asking theoretically interesting questions. Sometimes statistics can help answer those questions. When it comes to applied statistics, students shouldn t just learn a vast array of formula they need to learn the basic concepts of statistics as solutions to particular problems. Peter Galderisi demonstrates that statistics are a summary of how to answer the problem: learn the math but only after learning the concepts and methodological considerations that give it context.
With this as a starting point, "Understanding Political Science Statistics" asks students to consider how to address a research problem conceptually before being led to the appropriate formula. Throughout, Galderisi looks at problems through a lens of "observations and expectations," which can be applied to myriad statistical techniques, both descriptive and inferential. This approach links the answers researchers get from their individual data analysis to the research designs and questions from which these analyses are derived.
By emphasizing the underlying logic of statistical analysis for greater understanding and drawing on applications and examples from political science (including law), the book illustrates how students can apply statistical concepts and techniques in their own research, in future coursework, and simply as an informed consumer of numbers in public discourse.
The following features help students master the material:
Legal and Methodological sidebars highlight key concepts and provide applied examples on law, politics, and methodology;
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