Microcomputer applications in qualitative research

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Author: Bryan Pfaffenberger

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 87

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Microcomputer Applications in Qualitative Research is a timely and innovative volume offering a sophisticated examination of one of the many uses of computers in the social sciences. In this insightful volume Pfaffenberger explores the world of personal computing in social science research, providing both a practical/methodological and critical/theoretical perspective. Pfaffenberger surveys the ways microcomputers and microcomputer programs can be used to further the goals of qualitative social research. He critically analyzes the potential liabilities and benefits of using microcomputer technology for research purposes. This book addresses such issues as: the need for computers in qualitative research, the nature of qualitative analysis, word processing software and field notes, automatic indexing, text oriented data base management programs, and automated data analysis. This comprehensive volume is an asset for qualitative researchers, and an excellent supplementary text for courses in research methodology. "Pfaffenberger . . . is a thoughtful and highly knowledgeable advocate of the process. . . . In a sense, this book is also an exercise in the sociology of technology, since Pfaffenberger is highly sensitive to the ways in which computer software is socially constructed. . . . [It] will provide much useful and thought-provoking advice for researchers and students alike." --Contemporary Sociology "Meets the special problems of microcomputers by attempting a theoretical solution....I thought Pfaffenberger's proto-theoretical approach held out the most hope for the future." --Journalism Quarterly

Computer Applications in the Social Sciences

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Author: Edward E. Brent,Ronald E. Anderson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9780877226666

Category: Social Science

Page: 471

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Presenting an introduction to computing and advice on computer applications, this book examines hardware and software with respect to the needs of the social scientist. It offers a framework for the use of computers, with focus on the 'work station', the center of which is a personal computer connected to networks by a telephone-based modem.

The science game

an introduction to research in the social sciences

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Author: Neil McK. Agnew,Sandra W. Pyke

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 301

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Research Designs

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Author: Paul E. Spector

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803917095

Category: Psychology

Page: 80

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Research Designs is a clear, compact introduction to the principles of experimental and non-experimental design especially written for social scientists and their students. Spector covers major designs including: single group designs; pre-test/post-test designs; factorial designs, hierarchical designs; multivariate designs; the Solomon four group design; panel designs; and designs with concomitant variables.

Understanding Regression Analysis

An Introductory Guide

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Author: Larry D. Schroeder,David L. Sjoquist,Paula E. Stephan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803927582

Category: Medical

Page: 95

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The authors have provided beginners with a background to the frequently-used technique of linear regression. It is not intended to be a substitute for a course or textbook in statistics, but rather a stop-gap for students who encounter empirical work before undertaking a statistics course. It provides a heuristic explanation of the procedures and terms used in regression analysis and has been written at the most elementary level.

A Research Primer for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Author: Miriam Schapiro Grosof,Hyman Sardy

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 1483258017

Category: Social Science

Page: 450

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A Research Primer for the Social and Behavioral Sciences provides an introductory but comprehensive overview of the research process that primarily concerns human subjects. This book discusses the methods of acquiring knowledge, importance of a well-chosen problem, review of the literature, and relationship between theory-building and hypothesis-testing. The common sources of invalidity in practice, non-experimental research types, Stevens' classification of scales, and estimation based on probabilistic sampling are also elaborated. This text likewise covers the role of computer in research, techniques for analysis of data, univariate and bivariate statistics, and assumptions underlying analysis of variance. Other topics include the canonical correlation analysis, non-parametric analysis of variance, deterministic problem analysis techniques, and common errors in presentation of findings. This publication is intended for novice investigators in the broad category of social and behavioral sciences.

Analysis of Covariance

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Author: Albert R. Wildt,Olli Ahtola

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803911642

Category: Mathematics

Page: 93

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This book presents a technique for analyzing the effects of variables, groups, and treatments in both experimental and observational settings. It considers not only the main effects of one variable upon another, but also the effects of group cases.

Using Microcomputers in Research

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Author: Thomas W. Madron,C. Neal Tate,Robert G. Brookshire

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780803924574

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

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Using Microcomputers in Research may be used in conjunction with the earlier Microcomputer Methods for Social Scientists (QASS 40) -- together they provide a lucid and comprehensive introduction to microcomputing in the social sciences. This book is organized around the research process, taking the reader through the processes of writing the research proposal, gathering data, analysing and manipulating data, and writing the research report.

Introduction to Power Analysis

Two-Group Studies

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Author: E. C. Hedberg

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506343112

Category: Reference

Page: 160

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Introduction to Power Analysis: Two-Group Studies provides readers with the background, examples, and explanation they need to read technical papers and materials that include complex power analyses. This clear and accessible guide explains the components of test statistics and their sampling distributions, and author Eric Hedberg walks the reader through the simple and complex considerations of this research question. Filled with graphics and examples, the reader is taken on a tour of power analyses from covariates to clusters, seeing how the complicated task of comparing two groups, and the power analysis, can be made easy.

The Association Graph and the Multigraph for Loglinear Models

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Author: Harry J. Khamis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452238952

Category: Mathematics

Page: 136

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The Association Graph and the Multigraph for Loglinear Models will help students, particularly those studying the analysis of categorical data, to develop the ability to evaluate and unravel even the most complex loglinear models without heavy calculations or statistical software. This supplemental text reviews loglinear models, explains the association graph, and introduces the multigraph to students who may have little prior experience of graphical techniques, but have some familiarity with categorical variable modeling. The author presents logical step-by-step techniques from the point of view of the practitioner, focusing on how the technique is applied to contingency table data and how the results are interpreted.

Fractal Analysis

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Author: Clifford Brown,Larry Liebovitch

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412971659

Category: Mathematics

Page: 90

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As one of the only texts introducing fractal analysis and the social processes involved to social science readers, this is a must-have book for those looking to gain an understanding of this area of analysis.

Assessing Inequality

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Author: Lingxin Hao,Daniel Q. Naiman

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483342638

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Providing basic foundations for measuring inequality from the perspective of distributional properties This monograpg reviews a set of widely used summary inequality measures, and the lesser known relative distribution method provides the basic rationale behind each measure and discusses their interconnections. It also introduces model-based decomposition of inequality over time using quantile regression. This approach enables researchers to estimate two different contributions to changes in inequality between two time points. Key Features Clear statistical explanations provide fundamental statistical basis for understanding the new modeling framework Straightforward empirical examples reinforce statistical knowledge and ready-to-use procedures Multiple approaches to assessing inequality are introduced by starting with the basic distributional property and providing connections among approaches This supplementary text is appropriate for any graduate-level, intermediate, or advanced statistics course across the social and behavioral sciences, as well as individual researchers. Learn more about "The Little Green Book" - QASS Series! Click Here

Multivariate General Linear Models

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Author: Richard F. Haase

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483342115

Category: Mathematics

Page: 224

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Multivariate General Linear Models is an integrated introduction to multivariate multiple regression analysis (MMR) and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). Beginning with an overview of the univariate general linear model, this volume defines the key steps in analyzing linear model data, and introduces multivariate linear model analysis as a generalization of the univariate model. The author focuses on multivariate measures of association for four common multivariate test statistics, presents a flexible method for testing hypotheses on models, and emphasizes the multivariate procedures attributable to Wilks, Pillai, Hotelling, and Roy. The volume concludes with a discussion of canonical correlation analysis that is shown to subsume all the multivariate procedures discussed in previous chapters. The analyses are illustrated throughout the text with three running examples drawing from several disciples, including personnel psychology, anthropology, environmental epidemiology, and neuropsychology.

Nonrecursive Models

Endogeneity, Reciprocal Relationships, and Feedback Loops

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Author: Pamela Paxton,John R. Hipp,Sandra Marquart-Pyatt

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452237867

Category: Mathematics

Page: 144

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Nonrecursive Models is a clear and concise introduction to the estimation and assessment of nonrecursive simultaneous equation models. This unique monograph gives practical advice on the specification and identification of simultaneous equation models, how to assess the quality of the estimates, and how to correctly interpret results.

Case Study Research

Design and Methods

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Author: Robert K. Yin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412960991

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

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Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This thoroughly revised text now covers more than 50 case studies (approximately 25% new), gives fresh attention to quantitative analyses, discusses more fully the use of mixed methods research designs, and includes new methodological insights. The book’s coverage of case study research and how it is applied in practice gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields. Key Features of the Fourth Edition Highlights each specific research feature through 44 boxed vignettes that feature previously published case studies Provides methodological insights to show the similarities between case studies and other social science methods Suggests a three-stage approach to help readers define the initial questions they will consider in their own case study research Covers new material on human subjects protection, the role of Institutional Review Boards, and the interplay between obtaining IRB approval and the final development of the case study protocol and conduct of a pilot case Includes an overall graphic of the entire case study research process at the beginning of the book, then highlights the steps in the process through graphics that appear at the outset of all the chapters that follow Offers in-text learning aids including “tips” that pose key questions and answers at the beginning of each chapter, practical exercises, endnotes, and a new cross-referencing table Case Study Research, Fourth Edition is ideal for courses in departments of Education, Business and Management, Nursing and Public Health, Public Administration, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science.

An Introduction to Clinical Research

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Author: Catherine DeAngelis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 166

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Here is an ideal introduction to research methods for clinicians, fellows, residents, and medical students. Written in a clear, easy-to-understand style, it outlines the steps that should be followed in order to organize and implement a typical investigation. Emphasizing the anticipation of future difficulties and the benefits of early planning, the authors discuss the types of questions that should be asked, how to design a study, and methods of data acquisition and analysis. Many examples are presented to illustrate the textual material, and extensive bibliography sections at the end of each chapter direct readers to published articles and texts that will provide further information.

Microcomputer Methods for Social Scientists

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Author: Philip A. Schrodt

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780803930438

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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This revised edition of Schrodt's guide to microcomputer usage for social scientists reflects the changes in systems, software and usage which have taken place over the last three years. Schrodt adds material on: the Apple Macintosh system; the development of mainframe-quality statistical packages for micros; the development of Pascal and C as programming languages; the introduction of affordable desk-top publishing, graphics editing and RAM-resident utilities.

Chaos and Catastrophe Theories

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Author: Courtney Brown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803958470

Category: Medical

Page: 77

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What is chaos? How can it be measured? How are the models estimated? What is catastrophe? How is it modelled? How are the models estimated? These questions are the focus of this volume. Beginning with an explanation of the differences between deterministic and probabilistic models, Brown then introduces the reader to chaotic dynamics. Other topics covered are finding settings in which chaos can be measured, estimating chaos using nonlinear least squares and specifying catastrophe models. Finally a nonlinear system of equations that models catastrophe using real survey data is estimated.

Summated Rating Scale Construction

An Introduction

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Author: Paul E. Spector

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803943414

Category: Psychology

Page: 72

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The goal for any social scientist doing a survey is to develop a rating on some attitude, value or opinion - a summated rating scale. Aimed at helping researchers construct more effective scales, Spector shows how to determine the number of items necessary, the appropriate amount of response categories and the most productive wording of items, how to sort good items from bad (including item-remainder coefficients and Cronbach′s alpha) and how to validate a scale, including dimensional validity from factor analysis. Written in a user-friendly manner, the book concludes with a step-by-step account of how to develop a summated rating scale based on classical test theory.