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An R Companion for the Third Edition of The Fundamentals of Political Science Research


  • Date Published: June 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446037

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  • An R Companion for the Third Edition of The Fundamentals of Political Science Research offers students a chance to delve into the world of R using real political data sets and statistical analysis techniques directly from Paul M. Kellstedt and Guy D. Whitten's best-selling textbook. Built in parallel with the main text, this workbook teaches students to apply the techniques they learn in each chapter by reproducing the analyses and results from each lesson using R. Students will also learn to create all of the tables and figures found in the textbook, leading to an even greater mastery of the core material. This accessible, informative, and engaging companion walks through the use of R step-by-step, using command lines and screenshots to demonstrate proper use of the software. With the help of these guides, students will become comfortable creating, editing, and using data sets in R to produce original statistical analyses for evaluating causal claims. End-of-chapter exercises encourage this innovation by asking students to formulate and evaluate their own hypotheses.

    • Provides students with an introduction to using popular R software program to assess causal relationships by conducting statistical analyses
    • Parallels the main text, giving students a chance to apply the lessons and techniques learned in each chapter in a statistical software setting
    • Teaches students to reproduce results presented in the main text, allowing them to become comfortable with data sets and techniques through repeated practice
    • Includes step-by-step instructions for using R, including command lines and screenshots to demonstrate proper use of the software
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446037
    • length: 125 pages
    • dimensions: 289 x 270 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. The scientific study of politics
    2. The art of theory building
    3. Evaluating causal relationships
    4. Research design
    5. Measuring concepts of interest
    6. Getting to know your data
    7. Probability and statistical inference
    8. Bivariate hypothesis testing
    9. Two-variable regression models
    10. Multiple regression: the basics
    11. Multiple regression model specification
    12. Limited dependent variables and time-series data

  • Authors

    Paul M. Kellstedt, Texas A & M University
    Paul M. Kellstedt is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes (Cambridge, 2003), winner of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's 2004 Goldsmith Book Prize. In addition, he has published numerous articles in a variety of leading journals. He is the Editor-in-chief of Political Science Research and Methods, the flagship journal of the European Political Science Association.

    Guy D. Whitten, Texas A & M University
    Guy D. Whitten is Cullen-McFadden Professor of Political Science, as well as Director of the European Union Center, at Texas A&M University. He has published a variety of articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is on the editorial boards of Political Analysis and Political Science Research and Methods.

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