Using the Computer in Social Science Research

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In: Handbook of Research Design & Social Measurement

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By: Delbert C. Miller & Neil J. Salkind Published: 2002 | 6th Edition
Methods: Data management
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Using the Computer in Social Science Research

The purpose of any data analysis procedure is to condense information contained in a body of data into a form that can be easily comprehended and interpreted. Sometimes this process is used simply to describe a body of empirical data, but it is far more common for the social scientist to use tools to search for meaningful patterns of relationships among sets of variables, that is, as a means to test empirical social theory. In its most simple form, such analysis could appear as a chart or some other visual display of information. The ...

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