Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology: A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

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SAGE Publications, Sep 11, 1998 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Popular in its first edition, Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology will help students get through a difficult journal article or passage. This useful dictionary has been revised with 600 additional new terms and definitions compiled from readers' requests and suggestions! As you've come to appreciate in the first edition, the Second Edition of the Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology contains many examples and definitions written in ordinary English. Author W. Paul Vogt pays special attention to terms that most often prevent educated general readers from understanding journal articles and books by emphasizing concepts over calculations. The level of explanation varies with the simplicity or complexity of the term defined so that more detail is offered for basic terms (for more introductory readers) while less is used to explain more advanced concepts for readers who have more background.

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Contents

Abscissa
1
Analysis of Covariance Structures
8
Analysis of Variance
9
Bar Graph
19
BetweenGroup Differences
23
Bimodal Distribution
25
Cartesian Coordinates
34
CI0 Contingency Table Bivariate
55
I
152
Learning Curves
156
Linear Relation
161
M
167
Monotonic Relation
179
Nested Design
189
Nonmonotonic Linear Relation
192
Outlier
203

Critical Regions
63
Data Point
71
Directed Graph
83
Endogenous Variable
96
Expected Frequency
102
Fan Spread
110
Flowchart
116
Goodness of Fit
124
Histogram
131
Hypothesis Testing
135
Interaction Effect
141
J Curve
147
Joint Contingency Table
148
Path Diagram
209
Policy Research
216
Product Vector
225
Regions of Rejection
239
Resistant Statistics
248
Scatter Plot
257
Spike
272
Suppressor Variable
286
TwobyTwo Design
296
Underlying Distribution
299
Weighted Data
306
zScore
313
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About the author (1998)

W. Paul Vogt is Emeritus Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation at Illinois State University where he won both teaching and research awards. He specializes in methodological choice and program evaluation and is particularly interested in ways to integrate multiple methods. His other books include: Tolerance & Education: Learning to Live with Diversity and Difference (Sage Publications, 1998); Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (Allyn & Bacon, 2007); Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations (co-edited with Walter Stephan, Teachers College Press, 2004). He is also editor of three four-volume sets in the series, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods: Selecting Research Methods (2008); Data Collection (2010); and Quantitative Research Methods (2011).

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