Understanding Multivariate Research: A Primer for Beginning Social Scientists (with Mitch Sanders, Westview Press, 2000)
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This book seeks to fill a gap in the literature on research methodology. Although nearly all political science departments offer graduate students training in multivariate quantitative methods, the typical sequencing of topics generally delays training in regression analysis and other multivariate techniques until a student's second semester or later. The book is designed to give new graduate students a grasp of multivariate analysis sufficient to understand the fundamental strategy and major findings of research they must read prior to their formal training in quantitative methods. Readers are assumed to have no background in research design, or in descriptive or inferential statistics. The book is not a substitute for econometrics books, and should not be used as a regression text in a course designed to teach multivariate methods (except as an introductory reading, prior to developing the topics of the course). Rather, the book is intended to be assigned as an early reading in substantive courses which contain first-year graduate students, but in which members will read articles relying on techniques such as regression, probit, logit or simultaneous equation models. The book is also appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses in which students are expected to read quantitative research. The table of contents can be viewed at the publisher's web site, as can information about obtaining an examination copy. To search for a good price to buy the book over the web, click here.

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