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The Essentials of Political Analysis, 3rd Edition + A Stata Companion to Political Analysis Package [Paperback]

Philip H. H. Pollock

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15 Oct 2008 160426506X 978-1604265064 3rd Revised edition
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The Essentials of Political Analysis, 3rd Edition
Student anxiety runs high given the seemingly intimidating nature of the methods course. Philip Pollock's first order of business is to get math-phobic students comfortable learning and using the tools of political analysis. Brief and accessible, his text walks students through the basics—measuring concepts, formulating and testing hypotheses, describing variables—and uses key terms, chapter-opening objectives, more than eighty tables and figures, and class-tested chapter exercises to promote skill application and aid student review.

Fully up-to-date with new exercises and data, this third edition includes a new chapter devoted to measuring and describing variables, as well as fresh coverage of multiple regression and research design.

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A Stata Companion to Political Analysis
With a robust statistical package and eye-catching graphics, Stata is fast becoming the statistical program of choice for political scientists. It can be a little daunting for beginning students, but no longer. Pollock’s accessible introduction to the program offers students a step-by-step tutorial, leading them through descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation analysis, mean comparisons, linear correlation and regression (including dummy variables and interaction effects), and logistic regression—all tailored to political science material. With over 40 carefully crafted exercises and generous use of annotated screenshots, students will be navigating Stata’s graphics routines in no time. Ten feature boxes highlight some of Stata’s special capabilities while a concluding chapter provides guidance on how to set up a research project, as well as how to use Stata to read raw data. Students will be amazed at what they can do as they work through chapters. Graphics capabilities that allow a user to create effective visual displays ranging from elementary but elegant histograms to sophisticated comparisons of logistic regression curves are a major attraction of Stata and are put to effective use in this one-of-a-kind workbook. Paired with a traditional methods text, this companion volume equips students to analyze real political science research and comes complete with a CD-ROM that includes four customized datasets: two individual-level survey datasets (200 variables from the 2004 National Election Study and 150 variables from the 2002 General Social Survey), and two datasets containing aggregate-level variables on the fifty states and on 114 nations of the world. To find out more about A Stata Companion to Political Analysis, including testimonials and the table of contents, click here.


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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160426506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604265064
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 2.6 cm
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About the Author

Philip H. Pollock III is professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. He has taught courses in research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels for nearly 30 years. His main research interests are American public opinion, voting behavior, techniques of quantitative analysis, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His recent research has been on the effectiveness of Internet-based instruction. Pollock’s research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, and British Journal of Political Science. Recent scholarly publications include articles in Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Political Science Education, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

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