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A great, action-oriented book for novice data analysts. If you have no background in quantitative social science, Fogarty's book gives you a toolbox for starting statistical analysis and developing your skills.
The chapters are well organised and guide the student through the background using worked examples – this is vital to gain the necessary proficiency in the R interface. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to develop not only software competence, but a wider appreciation of the background to data analysis techniques in the social sciences.
This landmark book provides an engaging multidisciplinary introduction to quantitative social sciences using R, increasingly the preferred programme for statistical analysis across disciplines. Fogarty’s book is a perfect companion for the novice and it is likely to become the standard reference in quantitative methods teaching across the social sciences.
As Fogarty notes, there is little need for another statistics book. What there is a need for is a comprehensive text that provides the necessary tools for quantitative research in the social sciences, which is what this book does. Students need books that will guide them through finding, cleaning, analyzing, and presenting data using statistical programs like R, making this book an important text for any higher-level data analysis, statistics or research course in the social sciences.
Are you new to stats? Do you also need help writing your first lines of R code? Then this book is your guide. Fogarty's Quantitative Social Science Data with R is a great start for all those who want to get their head around how to implement a quantitative research project.
Not adopted at the general reading list, but I recommend it to students planning to use R
This is a very good read for students interested in a more quantitative approach to big data in media studies.
Still to make some changes to our course scope, but this is a perfect book.
An excellent, very accessible and up-to-date textbook for teaching R to social scientists!
It covers all aspects of a standard curriculum and thus provides a concise and very useful introduction.