Quantifying Archaeology

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University of Iowa Press, 1997 - Social Science - 433 pages
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Quantitative reasoning is central to archaeology: quantitative methods are a vital part of every archaeologist's mental tool kit. This new edition of Stephen Shennan's extremely popular textbook introduces students to the basic quantitative methods used within the discipline as well as some of the more advanced methods.
Shennan explains the relevant areas of statistics in terms easily assimilated by archaeology students; instead of introducing statistics as it is taught in other disciplines, he draws his working examples from archaeological sources. Exercises at the end of each chapter also directly relate to issues likely to arise within the study of archaeology.
  

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Contents

Picture Summaries of a Single Variable
21
Numerical Summaries of a Single Variable
34
An Introduction to Statistical Inference
48
Estimation and Testing with the Normal Distribution
71
The ChiSquared Test and Measures of Association
104
When the Regression Doesnt Fit
151
Classification and Cluster Analysis
216
Multidimensional Spaces and Principal
265
Correspondence Analysis and Other Multivariate
308
Probabilistic Sampling in Archaeology
361
Bibliography
401
Appendix
407
Index
424
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Stephen Shennan is professor of theoretical archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.

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