Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Synopsis

• What do advanced statistical techniques do?

• When is it appropriate to use them?

• How are they carried out and reported?

There are a variety of statistical techniques used to analyse quantitative data that masters students, advanced undergraduates and researchers in the social sciences are expected to be able to understand and undertake. This book explains these techniques, when it is appropriate to use them, how to carry them out and how to write up the results. Most books which describe these techniques do so at too advanced or technical a level to be readily understood by many students who need to use them. In contrast the following features characterise this book:

- concise and accessible introduction to calculating and interpreting advanced statistical techniques
- use of a small data set of simple numbers specifically designed to illustrate the nature and manual calculation of the most important statistics in each technique
- succinct illustration of writing up the results of these analyses
- minimum of mathematical, statistical and technical notation
- annotated bibliography and glossary of key concepts

Commonly used software is introduced, and instructions are presented for carrying out analyses and interpreting the output using the computer programs of SPSS Release 11 for Windows and a version of LISREL 8.51, which is freely available online. Designed as a textbook for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate courses across the socio-behavioural sciences, this book will also serve as a personal reference for researchers in disciplines such as sociology and psychology.

Excerpt

This Understanding Social Research series is designed to help students to understand how social research is carried out and to appreciate a variety of issues in social research methodology. It is designed to address the needs of students taking degree programmes in areas such as sociology, social policy, psychology, communication studies, cultural studies, human geography, political science, criminology and organization studies and who are required to take modules in social research methods. It is also designed to meet the needs of students who need to carry out a research project as part of their degree requirements. Postgraduate research students and novice researchers will find the books equally helpful.

The series is concerned to help readers to 'understand' social research methods and issues. This means developing an appreciation of the pleasures and frustrations of social research, an understanding of how to implement certain techniques, and an awareness of key areas of debate. The relative emphasis on these different features varies from book to book, but in each one the aim is to see the method or issue from the position of a practising researcher and not simply to present a manual of 'how to' steps. In the process, the series contains coverage of the major methods of social research and addresses a variety of issues and debates. Each book in the series is written by a practising researcher who has experience of the technique or debates that he or she is addressing. Authors are encouraged to draw on their own experiences and inside knowledge.

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