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SUMMARY: statistics book for politics students

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"Sue Bogle" <[log in to unmask]>

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Sue Bogle <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 11 Aug 1999 01:02:23 +0100

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Many thanks to those who replied with some useful suggestions. 
There seems to be a shortage of introductory texts with good 
statistics and political examples. Would anyone like to write one?

I located 2 possibles at Amazon.com. Has anyone seen these? (- 
well perhaps not the first one!)

MORTON, Rebecca B (1999  to be published August)  Methods 
and Models: A Guide to the Empirical Analysis of Formal Models 
in Political Science.  Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd) ISBN: 052163394X

CHAMPNEY, Leonard (1995) Introduction to Quantitative Political 
Science. Addison-Wesley ISBN: 0065010329

Sue

REPLIES below:

You might want to determine the math level of your students before
choosing a book.  If their math level is average to low you may find 
that
using a text designed for Business Stat Students easier for them 
to handle
than a statistics book geared for the math inclined student.

Dr. Robert C. Knodt
4949 Samish Way, #31
Bellingham, WA  98226
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Take a look at:  http://members.aol.com/rcknodt/pubpage.htm  <A 
HREF="http://members.aol.com/RCKnodt/pubpage.htm">MODSTA
T</A> 


I doubt if it's still in print, but it's worth looking at Edward R Tufter,
Data Analysis for Politics and Policy, Prentice-Hall 1974 - Peter M 
Lee


It is not just a cynical streak which leads me to suggest:

Darrell Huff "How to Lie with Statistics"

since this warns quite wittily how statistics can be misused.

For a general student-friendly text which I found attractive for all 
sorts
of backgrounds, try

D Freedman, R Pisani & R Purves "Statistics"

Let me know if you get any more subject-specific suggestions

Quentin Burrell


You might be interested in these internet based resources for 
politics
students doing statistics

  http://www.learner.org/exhibits/statistics/ 
  http://www.imsa.edu/team/cpbl/learning/lincoln/bottom.html 
 http://www2.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/pa765/statnote.htm 

Mhairi



statistics by freedman, pisani and purves

norton hall

brilliant, philosophical , data-analytic, conceptual rather 
than mathematical

entertain no other text!

nick fay (dr - med stats, chmr)

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Dr S M Bogle

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