Statistics for Political Analysis
Understanding the Numbers
- Theresa Marchant-Shapiro - Southern Connecticut State University, USA
January 2014 | 496 pages | CQ Press
Statistics are just as vital to understanding political science as the study of institutions, but getting students to understand them when teaching a methods course can be a big challenge. Statistics for Political Analysis makes understanding the numbers easy. The only introduction to statistics book written specifically for political science undergraduates, this book explains each statistical concept in plain language—from basic univariate statistics and the basic measures of association to bivariate and multivariate regression—and uses real world political examples. Students learn the relevance of statistics to political science, how to understand and calculate statistics mathematically, and how to obtain them using SPSS. All calculations are modeled step-by-step, giving students needed practice to master the process without making it intimidating. Each chapter concludes with exercises that get students actively applying the steps and building their professional skills through data calculation, analysis, and memo writing.
1. The Political Use of Numbers: Lies and Statistics
2. Measurement: Counting the Biggel-Balls
3. Measures of Central Tendency: That’s Some Mean Baseball
4. Measures of Dispersion: Missing the Mark
5. Continuous Probability: So What’s Normal Anyway?
6. Means Testing: Sampling a Population
7. Hypothesis Testing: Examining Relationships
8. Describing the Pattern: What Do You See?
9. Chi-Square and Cramer’s V: What Do You Expect?
10. Measures of Association: Making Connections
11. Multivariate Relationships: Taking Control
12. Bivariate Regression: Putting Your Ducks in a Line
13. Multiple Regression: The Final Frontier
14. Understanding the Numbers: Knowing What Counts
Instructor Resource Site
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- Test banks built on Bloom’s Taxonomy to provide a diverse range of test items
- Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
- Instructor manual which summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
- A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, is available in PowerPoint, pdf, and JPEG formats for class presentations
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- Datasets and documentation to be used with the "Apply It Yourself" exercises.