Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences - Methodology in the Social Sciences (Hardback)
  • Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences - Methodology in the Social Sciences (Hardback)

Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences - Methodology in the Social Sciences (Hardback)

Hardback 318 Pages / Published: 17/09/2014
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Bridging the gap between traditional classical statistics and a Bayesian approach, David Kaplan provides readers with the concepts and practical skills they need to apply Bayesian methodologies to their data analysis problems. Part I addresses the elements of Bayesian inference, including exchangeability, likelihood, prior/posterior distributions, and the Bayesian central limit theorem. Part II covers Bayesian hypothesis testing, model building, and linear regression analysis, carefully explaining the differences between the Bayesian and frequentist approaches. Part III extends Bayesian statistics to multilevel modeling and modeling for continuous and categorical latent variables. Kaplan closes with a discussion of philosophical issues and argues for an "evidence-based" framework for the practice of Bayesian statistics.

User-Friendly Features
*Includes worked-through, substantive examples, using large-scale educational and social science databases, such as PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) and the LSAY (Longitudinal Study of American Youth).
*Utilizes open-source R software programs available on CRAN (such as MCMCpack and rjags); readers do not have to master the R language and can easily adapt the example programs to fit individual needs.
*Shows readers how to carefully warrant priors on the basis of empirical data.
*Companion website features data and code for the book's examples, plus other resources.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781462516513
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


Bayesian analysis has arrived--and Kaplan has written exactly the book that social science faculty members and graduate students need in order to learn Bayesian statistics. It is sophisticated yet accessible, complete yet an easy read. This book will ride the crest of the Bayesian wave for years to come.--William R. Shadish, PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of California, Merced

I like that this book is concise but very comprehensive, with topics ranging from the basic regression model to the advanced mixture model. Well-organized sections move from foundations; to model building, basic regression, and generalized linear models; to advanced topics. The author's explanations of concepts and examples are clear and straightforward. He has chosen his examples well; they address very commonly studied research questions in the educational sciences. The ability to access the code and data online will benefit researchers and students tremendously.--Feifei Ye, PhD, Department of Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh

We are all Bayesians at heart--in that we all have prior knowledge--so why use a frequentist approach to statistics? This book can help you understand and implement a Bayesian approach.--John J. McArdle, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

This much-needed book bridges the gap between Bayesian statistics and social sciences. It provides the reader with basic knowledge and practical skills for applying Bayesian methodologies to data-analysis problems. The focus on Bayesian psychometric modeling is noteworthy and unique.--Jay Myung, PhD, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University

-As the name suggests, Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences is a valuable read for researchers, practitioners, teachers, and graduate students in the field of social sciences....Extremely accessible and incredibly delightful....The wide breadth of topics covered, along with the author's clear and engaging style of writing and inclusion of numerous examples, should provide an adequate foundation for any psychologist wishing to take a leap into Bayesian thinking. Furthermore, the technical details and analytic aspects provided in all chapters should equip readers with enough knowledge to embark on Bayesian analysis with their own research data.--Psychometrika, 3/1/2017

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