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The essentials of political analysis

Author: Philip H Pollock, III.
Publisher: Washington, DC : CQ Press, ©2009.
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pollock, Philip H.
Essentials of political analysis.
Washington, DC : CQ Press, c2009
(OCoLC)653029531
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip H Pollock, III.
ISBN: 9780872896062 0872896064
OCLC Number: 255013409
Description: xviii, 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Tables and Figures --
Preface --
Introduction --
What This Book Is About --
Facts and Values in Perspective --
The Scientific Approach --
Conclusion --
1. The Definition and Measurement of Concepts --
Conceptual Definitions --
Clarifying a Concept --
A Template for Writing a Conceptual Definition --
Operational Definitions --
Measurement Error --
Reliability and Validity --
Evaluating Reliability --
Evaluating Validity --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
2. Measuring and Describing Variables --
Measuring Variables --
Levels of Measurement --
Additive Indexes --
Describing Variables --
Central Tendency and Dispersion --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
3. Proposing Explanations, Framing Hypotheses, and Making Comparisons --
Proposing Explanations --
Framing Hypotheses --
Intervening Variables --
Making Comparisons --
Cross-Tabulations --
Mean Comparisons --
Graphing Relationships and Describing Patterns --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
4. Research Design and the Logic of Control --
Experimental Studies --
Random Assignment --
A Laboratory Experiment --
A Field Experiment Observational Studies --
A Natural Experiment --
Controlled Comparisons --
Three Scenarios: X Y, Controlling for Z --
Spurious Relationships --
Additive Relationships --
Interaction Relationships --
The Many Faces of Interaction --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
5. Making Controlled Comparisons --
Cross-Tabulation Analysis --
Control Tables --
Partial Effect --
Identifying the Pattern --
Graphing Controlled Comparisons --
An Example of Interaction --
Mean Comparison Analysis --
An Example of Additive Relationships --
Another Example of Interaction --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
6. Foundations of Statistical Inference --
Population Parameters and Sample Statistics --
Random Sampling --
Sample Size and Random Sampling Error --
Variation Revisited: The Standard Deviation --
n and --
The Standard Error of a Sample Mean --
The Central Limit Theorem and the Normal Distribution --
Inference Using the Normal Distribution --
Inference Using the Students' T -Distribution --
What About Sample Proportions? --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
7. Tests of Significance and Measures of Association --
Statistical Significance Comparing Two Sample Means --
Comparing Two Sample Proportions --
The Chi-square Test of Significance --
Measures of Association --
Lambda --
A Problem with Lambda --
Somers' d yx --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
8. Correlation and Linear Regression --
Correlation --
Bivariate Regression --
R -Square --
Adjusted R -square --
Dummy Variable Regression --
Multiple Regression --
Interaction Effects in Multiple Regression --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
9. Logistic Regression --
The Logistic Regression Approach --
Finding the Best Fit: Maximum Likelihood Estimation --
Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables --
Working with Probabilities --
The Probability Profile Method --
The Sample Averages Method --
Summary --
Key Terms --
Exercises --
10. Thinking Empirically, Thinking Probabilistically --
Thinking Empirically --
Thinking Probabilistically --
Notes --
Index
Responsibility: Philip H. Pollock III.
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