Although association models have been widely utilized by social stratification researchers, especially in the study of social mobility and assortative mating such techniques have yet to be widely disseminated to other social science disciplines. This is partly because most of the important contributions are scattered in various journals and there has not been any systematic effort to integrate the family of association models into a single, coherent framework.

Practical Applications of Association Models

The utility of association models has been successfully illustrated in previous chapters to analyze two-way, three-way, and multiway tables. Not only do they provide insightful understanding of the underlying complex association patterns, the results also reveal that when the postulated (association) model is consistent with data, the use of conventional statistical testing as the criterion for choosing competing models (i.e., ...

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