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Understanding Multivariate Research
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* List of Tables and Figures * Preface for Teachers and Students * Acknowledgments Introduction * The Concept of Causation * Experimental Research * The Logic Underlying Regression Analysis * Some Necessary Math Background The Bivariate Regression Model * The Equation * The Intercept * The Slope Coefficient * The Error or Disturbance Term * Some Necessary Assumptions * Estimating Coefficients with Data from a Sample The Multivariate Regression Model * The Value of Multivariate Analysis * Interpreting the Coefficients of a Multivariate Regression Model * Dichotomous and Categorical Independent Variables * The Assumptions of Multivariate Regression * Choosing the Independent Variables for a Regression Model Evaluating Regression Results * Standardized Coefficients * Strong Relationships Among the Independent Variables: The Problem of Multicollinearity * Measuring the Fit of a Regression Model * Statistical Significance * Cross-Sectional vs. Time-Series Data Some Illustrations of Multiple Regression * Lobbying in Congress * Population Dynamics and Economic Development Advanced Topics * Interaction vs. Nonlinearity * Interactive Models * Nonlinear Models * Dichotomous Dependent Variables: Probit and Logit * Multi-equation Models: Simultaneous Equation Models and Recursive Causal Models Conclusion * Glossary * References * Index

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William D. Berry is Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He is a contributor to American Political Science Review, Public Administration Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, and has served on the editorial board of the latter two journals. He has published several other books on related subjects, and has received the Policy Studies Organization's Harold Laswell Award for outstanding career contributions to the study of the policy making process. Berry has also served as president of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association. Mitchell Sanders is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. His research can be found in American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Public Choice, and Political Analysis.William D. Berry is Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He is a contributor to American Political Science Review, Public Administration Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, and has served on the editorial board of the latter two journals. He has published several other books on related subjects, and has received the Policy Studies Organization's Harold Laswell Award for outstanding career contributions to the study of the policy making process. Berry has also served as president of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association. Mitchell Sanders is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. His research can be found in American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Public Choice, and Political Analysis.

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