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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 ...

Estimating and Measuring One Important Thing
Estimating and measuring one important thing

From this chapter we embark on our journey to learn specific statistical concepts and procedures, most of which aim to measure and estimate a particular value. While estimation and measurement are important for all statistical analyses, they are especially important for univariate statistics. Apparently simple and easy estimating and measuring do not enjoy an equal status in practical social research as modelling, predicting and explaining. So I shall begin the chapter with a few comments. Then we shall start to learn descriptive statistics and move ...

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