This is an ideal text for advanced courses in research methods and experimental design. It argues that the methodology of quantitative research is a unified discipline with basic notions, procedures and ways of reasoning which can be applied across the social, behavioural and life sciences. Key designs, models and methods in research are covered by leading contributors in their field who seek to explain the fundamentals of the research process to enable the student to understand the broader implications and unifying themes.

Introduction

How this book was born … The idea for this book originates from a study on statistical expert systems that centered around the question why such systems are hardly ever used. One of the answers to that question was: the conceptual level at which such a system should function is not of a statistical nature but of a higher, more methodological one.

To put it in a more popular way: if you want a computer to act like a statistical expert, ...

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