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An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis

An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis

Fifth Edition

January 2016 | 240 pages | CQ Press
In Philip H. Pollock's An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis, students dive headfirst into actual political data and work with a software tool that prepares them for future political science research. Students learn by doing with fresh guided examples, new annotated screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and exercises that reflect current scholarly debates in American political behavior and comparative politics. 

Compatible with all releases of SPSS (12.0 and later), the all-new Fifth Edition includes 53 new or revised exercises. Two new datasets (NES 2012 and GSS 2012) and two revised datasets (on the 50 states and on 167 countries of the world) feature an expanded number of variables to provide greater latitude for performing original analysis. 

Getting Started
Downloading the Datasets  
SPSS Full Version and SPSS Student Version: What Is the Difference?  
Chapter 1 Introduction to SPSS
The Data Editor  
A Must-Do: Setting Options for Variable Lists  
The Viewer  
Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics
Interpreting Measures of Central Tendency and Variation  
Describing Nominal Variables  
Describing Ordinal Variables  
Describing Interval Variables  
Obtaining Case-level Information with Case Summaries  
Chapter 3 Transforming Variables
Using Recode  
Using Visual Binning  
Using Compute  
Chapter 4 Making Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis  
Mean Comparison Analysis  
Graphing Relationships  
Chapter 5 Making Controlled Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis with a Control Variable  
Graphing Relationships with a Control Variable  
Mean Comparison Analysis with a Control Variable  
Chapter 6 Making Inferences about Sample Means
Descriptives and One-Sample T Test  
Independent-Samples T Test  
Chapter 7 Chi-square and Measures of Association
Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship  
Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship with a Control Variable  
Analyzing a Nominal-level Relationship with a Control Variable  
Chapter 8 Correlation and Linear Regression
Correlation and Bivariate Regression  
Multiple Regression  
Chapter 9 Dummy Variables and Interaction Effects
Regression with Dummy Variables  
Interaction Effects in Multiple Regression  
Using Compute for Interaction Variables  
Chapter 10 Logistic Regression
Using Regression -> Binary Logistic  
Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables  
Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with One Independent Variable  
Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with Multiple Independent Variables  
Chapter 11 Doing Your Own Political Analysis
Five Doable Ideas  
Inputting Data  
Writing It Up  

“Pollock's workbook is a wonderful companion to any research methods course. It pairs nicely with other textbooks and reading material, and provides students with interesting datasets and detailed explanations on how to analyze data within SPSS. An invaluable guide for faculty and students alike it made my job teaching the class easier, but more importantly, it made my course better.” 

Wesley Hussey
California State University, Sacramento

“This book is an indispensable asset to any professor who teaches students about the foundations of quantitative analysis. Pollock sets the standard for providing in depth, accessible instruction on how to use SPSS to analyze data in political science.”

Brian Frederick
Bridgewater State University

An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis complements The Essentials of Political Analysis and provides clear instruction for SPSS. The text is very accessible to students and uses interesting, varied, and lively examples.  The four data sets – 2012 GSS, 2012 ANES, a 50 state dataset, and a 167 country dataset – engage students with a range of interests.” 

Gary Copeland
University of Oklahoma

In addition to Beginning Statistics, this book is valuable when preparing to write a bachelor thesis.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
December 10, 2015

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ISBN: 9781506305790