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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.

Chapter 9: Using quantitative data in the social sciences

Mark Western

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, environmental geography, human geography, research methods in geography, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, research methods in urban and regional studies


Quantitative information · that is, information that can be represented and analysed numerically · offers very powerful opportunities for describing and explaining social and spatial phenomena and processes. This chapter provides an overview of using quantitative data in the social sciences. A chapter such as this cannot provide detailed treatments of topics such as methods of data collection, issues of social and spatial measurement, or techniques of statistical analysis. Some of these are covered elsewhere in this volume. Here the concentration is on providing an overview of quantitative analysis and an introduction to some statistical methods, indicating where fuller treatments can be found.

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