Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (Paperback)
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Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (Paperback)

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Paperback 472 Pages / Published: 05/02/2013
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This book presents a method for bringing data analysis and statistical technique into line with theory. The author begins by describing the elaboration model for analyzing the empirical association between variables. She then introduces a new concept into this model, the focal relationship. Building upon the focal relationship as the cornerstone for all subsequent analysis, two analytic strategies are developed to establish its internal validity: an exclusionary strategy to eliminate alternative explanations, and an inclusive strategy which looks at the interconnected set of relationships predicted by theory. Using real examples of social research, the author demonstrates the use of this approach for two common forms of analysis, multiple linear regression and logistic regression. Whether learning data analysis for the first time or adding new techniques to your repertoire, this book provides an excellent basis for theory-based data analysis.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412994354
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 231 x 187 x 28 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


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"In clear and accessible prose, this book presents a compelling logic for the analysis of non-experimental data. In the process, it clarifies the concepts of statistical association, confounding, and statistical control, and it provides really compelling elaboration schemes to make substantive, rather than purely statistical, sense of it all. It also provides a means for making causal assertions when the criteria of association, causal priority, non-spuriousness, and theoretical rationale are met." -- Robert Bickel
"This text does a superb job of explaining critical concepts such as mediation, moderation, spuriousness, and control variable, using graphic illustrations as well as published articles as examples. I think the illustrated examples are really helpful for illuminating these concepts. Furthermore, the majority of empirical research in the social behavioral sciences utilizes regression, logistic regression, and path analysis. The book discusses many empirical articles utilizing these analytic approaches as examples. Thus, the contents of this book are highly relevant and understandable for those in early stages of research training." -- Eun Young Mun
I think this is a very much awaited book. I think it is very well suited for PG level, particularly for those MA students who are writing their dissertations (and PhD students as well). As strange as it may seem, students struggle to understand what theory is and how it relates to data. For me this book engages comprehensively in these questions. There is a good discussion of how to work with variables, about the construction of associations and causalities. I wish I could teach more of this book in my MA course, but due to time constraints I would definitely recommend Chapter 1-4 (where the focus is on conceptual discussion). The book is very helpful for those constructing and designing their research. The book is not the `beginner level'. It would be helpful if students already have some background in quantitative analysis, therefore I would not, however, recommend for BA level. -- Maria Karepova

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