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Foundations of Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

Author: Henk van Elst
Url: http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.2525v1
Format: Ps, Pdf
Year: 2013
Category: Probability and Statistics
Pages: 144
Clicks: 1211

These lecture notes were written with the aim to provide an accessible though technically solid introduction to the logic of systematical analyses of statistical data to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Social Sciences and Economics in particular. They may also serve as a general reference for the application of quantitative-empirical research methods. In an attempt to encourage the adoption of an interdisciplinary perspective on quantitative problems arising in practice, the notes cover the four broad topics (i) descriptive statistical processing of raw data, (ii) elementary probability theory, mainly as seen from a frequentist's viewpoint, (iii) the operationalisation of one-dimensional latent variables according to Likert's widely used scaling approach, and (iv) the standard statistical test of hypotheses concerning (a) distributional differences of variables between subgroups of a population, and (b) statistical associations between two variables. The lecture notes are fully hyperlinked, thus providing a direct route to original scientific papers as well as to interesting biographical information. They also list many commands for activating statistical functions and data analysis routines in the software packages SPSS, R and EXCEL/OPEN OFFICE.

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