The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics / Edition 2

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This text has been updated for this second edition to include material on AIDS, homelessness, abortion, education and other critical issues. It also includes a new chapter on the use and misuse of polling data.

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Editorial Reviews

Introduces students to the collection, use, and interpretation of statistical data in the social sciences. Separate chapters are devoted to data in the fields of demography, housing, health, education, crime, the national economy, wealth, poverty, labor, and public opinion polling. A concluding chapter is devoted to the common problem of ambiguity in social science statistics. Includes chapter summaries and case study questions. This third edition is updated for web-based research. Can be used as a companion text for introductory statistics courses. Maier is a professor of economics at Glendale College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Even in social science, the facts don't always speak for themselves. They have to be examined, analyzed and interpreted, so that researchers and consumers of research can make sense of them. The Data Game provides a roadmap about how social scientists use data. It offers a wealth of examples that show how researchers can arrive at different conclusions based on what data they use and how they analyze it. The book is an important resource for anyone teaching those data literacy skills." — Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Department Occidental College

"In very readable fashion, this book introduces readers to the nature of, sources of, problems with, and controversies surrounding data used in a variety of social science topics. The profession owes Mark Maier a vote of thanks for having produced a book that will enhance our teaching, improve our research, prod our conscience, and entertain us." — Peter Kennedy, Simon Fraser University (review of third edition in Journal of Economic Education)

"Intended as a supplement to college and university courses in statistics and social sciences, this readable book provides an interesting and well-referenced discussion of the uses (and abuses) of statistics in controversial social issues, including crime, education, economy, wealth, and public opinion polls. With an index, summaries, and case studies in each chapter, this book is a useful addition to popular statistics books." — Skeptical Inquirer

"The real strength of the book is the care that Maier and Imazeki give in their treatment of the controversies surrounding interpretations of data and the possibilities for why extremely different interpretations of the same set of data exist. ... The latest edition of The Data Game is an excellent supplement to statistics and data analysis texts, but it additionally stands on its own for inclusion in courses on research methods. The book works for budding researchers and for practitioners whose interactions with data may be primarily as consumers of research." — Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563244810
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/31/1995
  • Series: Habitat Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 65.00 (w) x 95.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Maier, Department of Economics, Glendale Community College, USA.

Jennifer Imazeki, Department of Economics, San Diego State University, USA.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Preface to the Third Edition
1 Introduction 3
2 Demography 10
3 Housing 35
4 Health 55
5 Education 77
6 Crime 96
7 The National Economy 121
8 Wealth, Income, and Poverty 144
9 Labor Statistics 167
10 Business Statistics 188
11 Government 214
12 Public Opinion Polling 238
13 Conclusions 263
Notes 275
Index 321
About the Author 333
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