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Logic of Causal Order - 85 edition

Logic of Causal Order (ISBN10: 0803925530; ISBN13: 9780803925533)
ISBN13: 978-0803925533
ISBN10: 0803925530

Summary: Social scientists routinely draw conclusions about cause and effect from their data. This book spells out the pre-statistical assumptions of multivariate research and explains in nonmathematical terms: the concepts of causal direction and system order; direct, indirect, and spurious statistical effects; signs and the sign rule; rules for intro ducing control variables, elaboration and explanation, "effects analysis," and path analysis.

The book
is not statistical in the sense of developing specific statistical tools. Rather, it explains the prestatistical assumptions required, whatever the technique. The importance of substantive knowledge about the "real world" is stressed, and the myth that causal problems can be solved by statistical calculations alone is repeatedly challenged.


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Summary: Social scientists routinely draw conclusions about cause and effect from their data. This book spells out the pre-statistical assumptions of multivariate research and explains in nonmathematical terms: the concepts of causal direction and system order; direct, indirect, and spurious statistical effects; signs and the sign rule; rules for intro ducing control variables, elaboration and explanation, "effects analysis," and path analysis.

The book is not statistical in the sense of developing specific statistical tools. Rather, it explains the prestatistical assumptions required, whatever the technique. The importance of substantive knowledge about the "real world" is stressed, and the myth that causal problems can be solved by statistical calculations alone is repeatedly challenged.


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Edition/Copyright: 85
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Year Published: 1985
International: No

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