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Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology)
Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology)
by Frauke Kreuter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 50.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 13 Dec 2013
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This really is an excellent textbook/scholarly publication concerned with survey methods and paradata. The concepts are well illustrated and supported by real world empirical data. A comprehensive collection of chapter authors have been brought together for this edited work.

Of most importance I think is the light that the book sheds on the challenges and pitfalls of gathering social survey data. It goes further though. Not only does it point out to the reader potential problems with the data they are working with, but it offers approaches to address these. As such it represents a very significant contribution to the field which I'll find invaluable. My only wish is that Wiley might have priced it at a rather less expensive book. That said it's a hefty book with more than 400 pages.

Probably essential reading for social survey data collectors and users and worth five stars for advances in the field.


Biostatistics Decoded
Biostatistics Decoded
by A. Gouveia Oliveira
Edition: Paperback
Price: 40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A primer for quantitative methodologies, 13 Dec 2013
This review is from: Biostatistics Decoded (Paperback)
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First, I should say that I am not a biostatistician. I do however use quantitative methods in my work and was interested to see if this book contained methodologies which were transferable. The book is well illustrated containing a host of examples relating to quantitative methods. It also can be used as an introductory text as it starts with the most basic statistical techniques and steadily builds on these. Even the most complex methods are well explained although here the focus on biostatistical references I found more difficult to relate to.There are also some quantitative approaches I'd like to have seen but were not covered, I expect because they don't easily relate to the subject focus.

So did I discover transferable techniques, well to a degree yes. It was also good to see how statistics are being used in other disciplines. As such I think the book is worth 5 stars but with the caveat that a biostatistician might find other strengths or weaknesses with the book.


Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Allen Lane History)
Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Allen Lane History)
by Mark Mazower
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative work, 13 Dec 2013
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This scholarly book cast against two hundred years of history, written by a well established historian is comprehensive. It's rich in ideas but I found that it writ was so broad, and the writing style so dry, that it was difficult to engage with the text to a great degree. It requires an existing rather good knowledge of history post 1815. Many will have this but not for the whole of Europe or the world. As a text book associated with a European History course it works well. Read in isolation I think too many nuances expressed by the author will simply be lost by the reader. For the lay reader read at the same time as a primer in European political history!


R206 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot + SIM with Preloaded 2x1GB Data. Connect your Kindle Fire Tablet to the Internet on the Go
R206 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot + SIM with Preloaded 2x1GB Data. Connect your Kindle Fire Tablet to the Internet on the Go
Price: 59.99

37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary for many, 13 Dec 2013
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This is a lightweight Vodafone portable wifi device which can either be plugged in to work or powered by an internal battery. The design is pretty good and setup I found was very straightforward indeed. It connected to my Apple MacBook Air with no difficulty at all.

However, I wonder if many need this kind of device now. The vast majority of smartphones, and quite a few that are not so smart, can be used as wifi base stations with all of the same advantages and probably at a lower data tariff. This thus becomes another piece of kit you need to carry around with you. More seriously the wifi station is NOT 4G compatible so you will not benefit from the pretty impressive speeds that the technology offers. It's getting harder now to find a smartphone which doesn't have 4G and even Vodafone are at last rolling out their 4G network. So, in effect the technology is dated. Added to the fact that the tariff charged by Vodafone for this pay as you go device is not cheap I think there are better alternatives.

Three stars for people who don't have a smartphone which can be tethered to create a hotspot and don't need the speed of 4G. For everyone else 1 as an unnecessary and dated bit of kit.


China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
by Rana Mitter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten war, 8 Dec 2013
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Many have already commented on this book so I'll keep my remarks brief. Whilst Britain, most of the rest of Europe together with the US concentrated on the upcoming war with Germany there was a long and brutal war in China as the Japanese slowly invaded that country with a thirst for natural resources.

This book describes that war and so doing brings is to a wider audience. The book is impeccably researched and yet also very readable. I enjoyed it very much and know far more about China now, and perhaps rather too much about Japan. If you've any interest in modern history, or are visiting China, get a copy, 5 stars for brilliant work which perhaps most fundamentally explains the China of today leading as it did to the Chinese Civil War and the issues with Taiwan - then a brutalized provide of China also subject to Japanese invasion.


Mediterranean Mountain Environments
Mediterranean Mountain Environments
by Ioannis Vogiatzakis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 39.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the field, 6 Dec 2013
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A new and comprehensive textbook on Mediterranean upland environments this book could for the cornerstone of a year two or three university course. It's clear and well argued with good use of graphics. I'd of preferred a more comprehensive review of the current historiography but overall a book I'd recommend to students. An informative empirical review of current though and a good effort.


Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape
Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape
by Kirstie A. Fryirs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 30.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook, 6 Dec 2013
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This is a standard (but not in a negative sense) undergraduate Year 2 perhaps 3 in fluvial geomorphology. As such all relevant topics are covered in a readable and approachable style. Major ecosystems are covered with good empirical data. I like the placement of fluvial systems in the environment, possibly a new element of focus for undergraduate reading. The literature review is also well done. Overall a competent work.


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
by Anne Applebaum
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary, 6 Dec 2013
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At time of writing so many positive reviews of this book have been written it's difficult to add more. What I will say is the book's research base is excellent, that the writing standard is outstanding, and rbis is likely to become a standard text for readers of Eastern Europe pre-Hungry.


Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Price: 16.54

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 3 Dec 2013
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There are many dishwater tablets out there and every line seems to claim that they are best. Theses Finish tablets are not the top of the range (or at least not as expensive - that honour goes to the Finish Quantum tablets. Generally I've used the Quantum tablets but can't see much evidence that the All in ! tablets are a lot poorer. I'd be tempted to try these out for a while - but not through a 78 tablet pack!

Interestingly Which have tested tablets and suggest that Fairy are the best brand. I have stated using the All in 1 with better results than some of the products described above but Finish does not do well on a quality/cost comprise basis.


Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Price: 12.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 3 Dec 2013
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This sem-rofessional staple gun should not be confused with office staplers. This stapler is designed to hold cables in a skirting board in place, repairing furniture. If you try and staple documents together they will fix your papers to the desk!

Build quality s generally good although I feel the safety lock only of limited efficacy. Don't let children near this kit therefore. A supply of around 150 staples are provided and as well as the base uint you get packaging which is a delight to unpack. One issue may be that the staples are not very large and could failed to hold items in place.

Overall though if you need a staple gun for DIY or furniture repair this is well worth a look. I've dropped on star for the limitations I see with the safety lock.


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