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Presenting Statistical Results Effectively

Presenting Statistical Results Effectively

December 2021 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Perfect for any statistics student or researcher, this book offers hands-on guidance on how to interpret and discuss your results in a way that not only gives them meaning, but also achieves maximum impact on your target audience. No matter what variables your data involves, it offers a roadmap for analysis and presentation that can be extended to other models and contexts.

Focused on best practices for building statistical models and effectively communicating their results, this book helps you:
-        Find the right analytic and presentation techniques for your type of data
-        Understand the cognitive processes involved in decoding information
-        Assess distributions and relationships among variables
-        Know when and how to choose tables or graphs
-        Build, compare, and present results for linear and non-linear models
-        Work with univariate, bivariate, and multivariate distributions
-        Communicate the processes involved in and importance of your results. 
Chapter 1: Some Foundation
What is a ‘Model’?

Statistical Inference

Part A: General Principles of Effective Presentation
Chapter 2: Best Practices for Graphs and Tables
When to use Tables and Graphs

Constructing Effective Tables

Constructing Clear and Informative Graphs

Chapter 3: Methods for Visualizing Distributions
Displaying the Distributions of Categorical Variables

Displaying Distributions of Quantitative Variables


Chapter 4: Exploring and Describing Relationships
Two Categorical Variables

Categorical Explanatory Variable and Quantitative Dependent Variable

Two quantitative Variables

Multivariate Displays

Part B: The Linear Model
Chapter 5: The Linear Regression Model
Ordinary Least Squares Regression

Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals

Assessing and Comparing Model Fit

Relative Importance of Predictors

Interpreting and presenting OLS models: Some empirical examples

Linear Probability Model

Chapter 6: Assessing the Impact and Importance of Multi-category Explanatory Variables
Coding Multi-category Explanatory Variables

Revisiting Statistical Significance: Multi-category Predictors

Relative importance of sets of regressors

Graphical Presentation of Additive Effects

Chapter 7: Identifying and Handling Problems in Linear Models

Influential Observations



Chapter 8: Modelling and Presentation of Curvilinear Effects
Curvilinearity in the Linear Model Framework

Nonlinear Transformations

Polynomial Regression

Regression Splines

Nonparametric Regression

Generalized Additive Models

Chapter 9: Interaction Effects in Linear Models
Understanding Interaction Effects

Interactions Between Two Categorical Variables

Interactions Between One Categorical Variable and One Quantitative Variable

Interactions Between Two Continuous Variables

Interaction Effects: Some Cautions and Recommendations

Part C: The Generalized Linear Model and Extensions
Chapter 10: Generalized Linear Models
Basics of the Generalized Linear Model

Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals

Assessing Model Fit

Empirical Example: Using Poisson Regression to Predict Counts

Understanding Effects of Variables

Measuring Variable Importance

Model Diagnostics

Chapter 11: Categorical Dependent Variables
Regression Models for Binary Outcomes

Interpreting Effects in Logit and Probit Models

Model Fit for Binary Regression Models

Diagnostics Specific to Binary Regression Models

Extending the Binary Regression Model – Ordered and Multinomial Models

Chapter 12: Conclusions and Recommendations
Choosing the Right Estimator

Research Design and Measurement Issues

Evaluating the Model

Effective Presentation of Results


Is your quantitative work so screamingly clear that your readers never misunderstand your figures, misread your tables, or get confused by your prose?  If so, then don't waste your time with Andersen and Armstrong's thoughtful book about the effective presentation and interpretation of statistical results.

Gary King
Albert J Weatherhead III University Professor and director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Robert Andersen

Robert Andersen is Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy, and Professor of Strategy at the Ivey Business School, Western Univeristy. He is also cross-appointed in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Statistics and Actuarial Science. His previous appointments include Distinguished Professor of Social Science at the University of Toronto, Senator William McMaster Chair in Political Sociology at McMaster University, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Andersen’s research expertise is in social statistics, social stratification, and political economy. Much of his recent research has explored... More About Author

David A. Armstrong II

Dave Armstrong is the Canada Research Chair in Political Methodology and Associate Professor of Political Science at Western University and is cross-appointed in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences.  Professor Armstrong earned a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 2009.  Prior to arriving at Western, he had a post-doctoral position at Oxford University after which he taught in the Political Science department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He has been a faculty member at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program at the... More About Author

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