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A Microsoft Excel® Companion to Political Analysis

A Microsoft Excel® Companion to Political Analysis

First Edition

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Policy Analysis | Research Methods

January 2022 | 384 pages | CQ Press
The trusted series of workbooks by Philip H. Pollock III and Barry C. Edwards continues with A Microsoft Excel®Companion to Political Analysis. In this new guide, students dive headfirst into actual political data working with the ubiquitous Excel software. Students learn by doing with new guided examples, annotated screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and exercises that reflect current scholarly debates in varied subfields of political science, including American politics, comparative politics, law and courts, and international relations. Chapters cover all major topics in political data analysis, from descriptive statistics through logistic regression, all with worked examples and exercises in Excel. No matter their professional goals, students can gain a leg up for their future careers by developing a working knowledge of statistics using Excel. By encouraging students to build on their existing familiarity with the Excel program, instructors can flatten the statistics learning curve and take some of the intimidation out of the learning process. Gain lost time usually spent troubleshooting software to provide students with a smooth transition into political analysis.
Chapter 1 Using Excel for Data Analysis
Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 3 Transforming Variables
Chapter 4 Making Comparisons
Chapter 5 Graphing Relationships and Describing Patterns
Chapter 6 Random Assignment and Sampling
Chapter 7 Making Controlled Comparisons
Chapter 8 Working with Sampling Distributions
Chapter 9 Hypothesis Tests with One or Two Samples
Chapter 10 Chi-Square Test and Analysis of Variance
Chapter 11 Correlation and Bivariate Regression
Chapter 12 Multiple Regression Analysis
Chapter 13 Analyzing Regression Residuals
Chapter 14 Logistic Regression
Chapter 15 Doing Your Own Political Analysis


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This text is a welcoming addition to the political analysis companions series by Pollock and colleagues. Its lucid writing style, hands-on
pedagogical approach, and ample carefully curated examples and exercises will be appreciated by research methods instructors
and students alike. It really teaches the students how to conduct empirical political analysis using Microsoft Excel.

Yi Edward Yang
James Madison University

Pollock's book is very intuitive, straightforward, and clear. By using this textbook, students should be able to deepen their learning with more hands-on practices.

Soyoung Kwon
Texas A & M University - Kingsville

A textbook that makes statistics in Excel very approachable and easy to understand even for non-STEM majors.

Volodymyr Gupan
University of Connecticut

Philip H. Pollock III

Philip H. Pollock III is a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. He has taught courses in research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than thirty years. His main research interests are American public opinion, voting behavior, techniques of quantitative analysis, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His recent research has been on the effectiveness of Internet-based instruction. Pollock’s research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science. Recent scholarly publications include articles in... More About Author

Barry C. Edwards

Barry C. Edwards is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His teaching and research interests include American politics, public law, and research methods. He founded the Political Science Data Group and created the web site. His research has been published in American Politics Research, Congress & the Presidency, Election Law Journal, Emory Law Journal, Georgia Bar Journal, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Journal of Politics, NYU Journal of... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071813355