Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social Research

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SAGE Publications, May 5, 2010 - Social Science - 198 pages

This is a critical introduction to the use of statistical methods in social research. It aims to improve students' statistical literacy, with the ultimate goal of turning them into competent researchers. It includes discussion of the conceptual foundation of statistical methods. The logic of each statistical method or procedure is explained, and statistical techniques and procedures are presented as a way of illuminating the underlying logic behind the symbols.

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Methods for Analysing Latent Variables
Causal Analysis

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Dr Keming Yang is Senior Lecturer of Sociology at School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham, UK. He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MA in Statistics from Columbia University (New York, USA). As a Fellow and Chartered Statistician at Royal Statistical Society (RSS), he has been teaching statistics to social science students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for more than ten years in the UK. His main publication in statistics is Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social Research (Sage, 2010). He is also the author of Entrepreneurship in China (Ashgate, 2007), Capitalists in a Communist Regime (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and some papers on loneliness, in which he employs statistical methods for answering important substantive research questions.

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