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An R Companion to Political Analysis

An R Companion to Political Analysis

January 2014 | 224 pages | CQ Press

Data Analysis with R

Teach your students to conduct political research with R, the open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. An R Companion to Political Analysis offers the same easy-to-use and effective style as the best-selling SPSS and Stata Companions. 

With this new, comprehensive workbook, students analyze research-quality data to learn descriptive statistics, data transformations, bivariate analysis (cross-tabulations and mean comparisons), controlled comparisons, statistical inference, linear correlation and regression, dummy variables and interaction effects, and logistic regression. The clear explanation and instruction is aided by the use of many annotated and labeled screen shots, as well as many end-of-chapter exercises, allowing students to apply their new skills.

1. Getting Started
2. Descriptive Statistics
3. Transforming Variables
4. Making Comparisons
5. Making Controlled Comparisons
6. Making Inferences about Sample Means
7. Chi-square and Measures of Association
8. Correlation and Linear Regression
9. Dummy Variables and Interaction Effects
10. Logistic Regression
11. Doing Your Own Political Analysis

Nothing wrong with the book. In fact very good. But R is not the most suitable programme for basic statistics courses. Even with such an excellent introduction available.

Sandrino Smeets
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
June 24, 2015

For unexplicated reasons, the R programme is overlooked in many countries and their academic circles. This makes that universities pay lots for commercial products. However, there are thousands of programme libraries under R for the time being, including hundreds of thousands of programmes. Moreover, there are dozens of dedicated R books let alone articles. Sometimes it is being said that there is a steep learning curve to get into R, but the same can be said of many commercial products.

Now, a problem comprises the absence of dedicated R books also for the elementary learners (short of "Dummies" etc.). The Pollock book does a good service in this respect. I cordially recommend it.

Mr Pertti Ahonen
Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki
May 14, 2014

This textbook is an excellent introduction to basic statistical analysis for the social sciences using R as a statistical package.

Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira
Lateinamerika-Institut, Free University of Berlin
February 6, 2014

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ISBN: 9781452287317