Interpreting Quantitative Data

Interpreting Quantitative Data

by David Byrne, D. S. Byrne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761962611

ISBN-13: 9780761962618

Pub. Date: 04/11/2002

Publisher: SAGE Publications

How do quantitative methods help us to acquire knowledge of the real world? What are the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of effective quantitative research?

This refreshing and accessible book provides students with a novel and useful resource for doing quantitative research. It offers students a guide on how to: interpret the complex reality of the social world; achieve

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How do quantitative methods help us to acquire knowledge of the real world? What are the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of effective quantitative research?

This refreshing and accessible book provides students with a novel and useful resource for doing quantitative research. It offers students a guide on how to: interpret the complex reality of the social world; achieve effective measurement; understand the use of official statistics; use social surveys; understand probability and quantitative reasoning; interpret measurements; apply linear modelling; understand simulation and neural nets; and integrate quantitative and qualitative modelling in the research process.

Jargon-free and written with the needs of students in mind, the book will be required reading for students interested in using quantitative research methods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761962618
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/11/2002
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Interpreting the Real and Describing the Complex: Why We Have to Measure12
2The Nature of Measurement: What We Measure and How We Measure29
3The State's Measurements: The Construction and Use of Official Statistics44
4Measuring the Complex World: The Character of Social Surveys61
5Probability and Quantitative Reasoning79
6Interpreting Measurements: Exploring, Describing and Classifying95
7Linear Modelling: Clues as to Causes112
8Coping with Non-linearity and Emergence: Simulation and Neural Nets130
9Qualitative Modelling: Issues of Meaning and Cause145
Conclusion162
Bibliography166
Index171

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