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This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Chapter 12: Logistic Regression: Understanding College Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Logistic Regression: Understanding College Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Many dependent variables in criminal justice research turn out to be ones in which the categories are simple dichotomies: Either something happens or something doesn't, or something is or something is not. For example,
- The person is the victim of a crime or isn't a victim.
- The person uses drugs or doesn't use drugs.
- The person is convicted or is acquitted.
- The police department adopts an innovative program or it doesn't.
- The state passes a new law or it doesn't.
- The nation has capital punishment or it doesn't.
In the more technical language we used in Chapter 1, these are all examples of nominal (as opposed to interval or ...