Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Robert Stimson
Chapter 9: Using quantitative data in the social sciences
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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