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Statistics As Principled Argument.

Author: Robert P Abelson
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this illuminating volume, Robert P. Abelson delves into the too-often dismissed problems of interpreting quantitative data and then presenting them in the context of a coherent story about one's research. Unlike too many books on statistics, this is a remarkably engaging read, filled with fascinating real-life (and real-research) examples rather than with recipes for analysis. It will be of true interest and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Abelson
ISBN: 9781135694425 1135694427
OCLC Number: 811506554
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages)
Contents: Statistics as Principled Argument; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Abelson's Laws; 1 Making Claims With Statistics; Misunderstandings of Statistics; Claims Made With Statistics: Comparison and Explanation; Language and Limitations of Null Hypothesis Tests; Persuasive Arguments: The MAGIC Criteria; Style and Convention; The Bottom Line; 2 Elementary Arguments and the Role of Chance; Random Generating Processes; Random Sampling Processes; Summary; 3 Magnitude of Effects; Probability Measures; Effect Sizes; Confidence Limits; 4 Styles of Rhetoric; Brash, Stuffy, Liberal, and Conservative Styles. One-Tailed, Two-Tailed, and Lopsided TestsAlternative Tests Applied to the Same Data Set; Defective Observations; Multiple Tests Within the Same Data Set; Stating and Interpreting p Values; In the Last Analysis; 5 On Suspecting Fishiness; Strange Distributions of Observations; The Occurrence of Impossible Scores; Strange Test Statistics; Inconsistencies Between Parallel Statistics; Too Much Consistency in Parallel Statistics; A Cautionary Note on the Detection of Fishiness; 6 Articulation of Results: Ticks and Buts; Ticks and Buts; Ticks and the Evolution of Knowledge. Comparisons of Pairs of MeansRefraining Results for Better Articulation; Multiple Comparisons; Contrasts; More Than One Dependent Variable; Further Remarks; 7 Generality of Effects; The Nature of Generality; Treatment-by-Context Interactions Within Studies; Generality Across Studies: Meta-Analysis; Generality Across and Within Studies: A Parallel; Final Caveat; 8 Interestingness of Argument; Can Statistics Be Interesting?; Theoretical Interest; Surprisingness; Importance; 9 Credibility of Argument; Why Research Claims Are Disbelieved; The Structure of Debates on Disbelieved Claims. Methodological ArtifactsThe Influence of Criticism on Methodology; References; Author Index; Subject Index.

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In this illuminating volume, Robert P. Abelson delves into the too-often dismissed problems of interpreting quantitative data and then presenting them in the context of a coherent story about one's research. Unlike too many books on statistics, this is a remarkably engaging read, filled with fascinating real-life (and real-research) examples rather than with recipes for analysis. It will be of true interest and lasting value to beginning graduate students and seasoned researchers alike. The focus of the book is that the purpose of statistics is to organize a useful argument from quantitative.

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