Describing the Political World: Quantitative Analysis

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • explain how political scientists use descriptive and inferential statistics to link quantitative data to arguments in political science;
  • conduct and interpret selected univariate analyses and use univariate analyses to compare individuals and subgroups; and
  • state the four questions we must answer when assessing whether there is a relationship between two variables and apply this logic to interpret bivariate analyses.
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