## Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social ResearchThis 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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Chapter Contents | 3 |

Methods for Analysing Latent Variables | 153 |

Causal Analysis | 173 |

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able actually analysis answer assume assumption attributes become calculate called causal cause Chapter cluster coefficient collected concepts connection correlation determined dimensions direction discussion distance distribution effect equation error estimate event example expected explain explanatory variables factors Figure frequencies function hard higher hypothesis idea important indicators interested interpretation interval issue larger latent limitations logic matrix matter mean measurement normal Note objects observed observed variables odds pairs parameters particular patterns population possible practice predicting probability problem produce proportion question random ratio reason referred regression model relations relationship represent response variable sample score selected sense similarity simply situation smaller social research social sciences specific statistical methods structure surveys Table theory things tion understand unit usually values vari variance variation