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Analysing Quantitative Data
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Analysing Quantitative Data
Variable-based and Case-based Approaches to Non-experimental Datasets



© 2015 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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This innovative book provides a fresh take on quantitative data analysis within the social sciences. It presents variable-based and case-based approaches side-by-side encouraging you to learn a range of approaches and to understand which is the most appropriate for your research.

Using two multidisciplinary non-experimental datasets throughout, the book demonstrates that data analysis is really an active dialogue between ideas and evidence.  Each dataset is returned to throughout the chapters enabling you to see the role of the researcher in action; it also showcases the difference between each approach and the significance of researchers’ decisions that must be made as you move through your analysis.

The book is divided into four clear sections:

  • Data and their presentation
  • Variable-based analyses
  • Case-based analyses
  • Comparing and combining approaches

Clear, original and written for students this book should be compulsory reading for anyone looking to conduct non-experimental quantitative data analysis.

 
Part 1: Quantitative data: structure, preparation and analysis approaches
 
Chapter 1: Data structure
 
Chapter 2: Data preparation
 
Chapter 3: Approaches to data analysis
 
Part 2: Variable-based analyses
 
Chapter 4: Univariate analysis
 
Chapter 5: Bivariate analysis
 
Chapter 6: Multivariate analysis
 
Part 3: Case-based analyses
 
Chapter 7: Set-theoretic methods and configurational data analysis
 
Chapter 8: Cluster and discriminant analysis
 
Part 4: Comparing and communicating results
 
Chapter 9: Comparing and mixing methods
 
Chapter 10: Evaluating hypotheses, explaining and communicating results

Supplements

Companion website

Free resources on the companion website:

  • A chapter summary 
  • Recommended reading suggestions
  • Links to free SAGE journal articles
  • Answers to chapter exercises and questions for discussion

This compelling textbook provides a clear view of a broad range of possibilities for quantitative data, complementing the statistical toolbox with configurational methods. A must read for students aiming to get more out of data and move beyond 'push-button analysis'. 

Benoît Rihoux
University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Definitely a book that broadens the perspective for quantitative data analysis. I specifically recommend the case-based approaches as reading for my graduate students.

Professor Claas Christian Germelmann
Business Administration , University of Bayreuth
June 6, 2016

A very good complementary text surround understanding and effectively using SPSS; this is a great supplemental text for students undertaking research methods and dissertation projects (quantitatively based), to gain an enhanced understanding of the subject matter.

Mr Simon Brent
FBSE, Southampton Solent University
July 1, 2016

Takes an interesting approach but the topics covered are a little basic and we need to go to a more advanced level of this course.

Dr Mark Ramsden
Department of Sociology, Cambridge University
February 3, 2015

I really enjoyed this approach and will add to the reading list.

Mr Martyn Edward Jarvis
Faculty of Business and Society, Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales
February 3, 2015

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Analysing Quantitative Data: Data Preparation


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