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Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social Research is a critical introduction to the use of statistical methods in social research. It provides a unique approach to statistics that concentrates on helping social researchers think about the conceptual basis for the statistical methods they're using.
Whereas other statistical methods books instruct students in how to get through the statistics-based elements of their chosen course with as little mathematical knowledge as possible, this book aims to improve students' statistical literacy, with the ultimate goal of turning them into competent researchers.
Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social Research contains careful discussion of the conceptual foundation of statistical methods, specifying what questions they can, or cannot, answer. The logic of each statistical method or procedure is explained, drawing on ...
Chapter Four: The Logic of Sampling
The Logic of Sampling
The Idea of Sampling
Often we want to know something about a group of cases, which we call a population. However, its size is so large that we cannot afford to collect data from every case. Therefore, we plan to study only some of them, which constitute a sample of the population.
A series of difficult questions arise from this seemingly simple process: What kinds of cases are eligible for being included in the population? Do we have access to all of them for collecting the ...