Analyzing Soical Science Data
The text is structured around 50 key problems often encountered by quantitative social science researchers. In adopting this stance, de Vaus reduces the complexity of statistical analysis into bite-size chunks. For example, the problem-solving approach enables the reader to focus on particular areas of concern. Many helpful examples of social-science data sets are given to illustrate points made in the text, and the reader is given a step-by-step guide on how to deal with data analysis. Additionally, the data sets used, while not totally nursing-focused, can be related to by many nurse researchers.
Generally, de Vaus takes the reader through the intricacies of preparing data for analysis, preparing variables for analysis, reducing the amount of data to analyse, analysing a single variable and multivariate analysis.
A criticism could be made that, on occasions, the author ventures into design rather than analysis issues. For example, how to...
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