# Questions tagged [social-science]

For on-topic statistical questions involving social science. Please include also some statistical methods tag.

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### Plot of two ordinal variables?

It is common to represent various (ordinal, social) attributes on a pair of axes as in the examples below. In general, what is this sort of graph/representation called? It is, perhaps, useful to ...
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### Comparing Tract-level data to State-level?

I'm using firearm trace data (available at the state-level) and attempting to compare it to socially disadvantaged areas (census tracts) by the way of regression analysis. Katz and Schnebly (2011) ...
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### Creating an index using PCA

I am working with data for Indian schools. I intend to create an Index by combining several variables(availability of library, no. of computers in the school, no. of toilets in the school) that can ...
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### How to gently introduce epidemiologists/public health coworkers to advanced predictive modeling?

Coming from a social science and epidemiology background, my coworkers were trained on least squares regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis. They like to see 95% confidence intervals ...
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### When is it valid to use race/ethnicity in causal inference?

It seems that often in social science, race is examined in causal terms, as researchers are interested in the differences between various ethnic groups in outcomes when controlling for other ...
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### Visualize categorical data for two variables for 20 observations

I have several thousand records. In these records, there are three fields of interest: Location - 20 possible choices Race - 5 possible choices Purchase type - 3 possible choices I want to show the ...
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### How do I test if my sample of users is representative of the general population? [duplicate]

I have a sample of subjects. Each subject exclusively belongs to a category from 1–6. I also know how these categories are distributed across the general population. Consider the following plot: I'...
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### Model to use in assessing the responsiveness of a categorical variable to policy changes over time?

I am interested in determining if the decisionmaking of a particular government body was responsive to policy and statutory changes that occurred at known points in time. I can classify the decisions ...
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### Logit Regression: Include 'Negative results' in analysis?

I have a data set about military interventions from different countries in civil wars. It contains a list of civil wars with 4 possible outcomes. ...
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### How can I analyse the effect of one variable on another if they were each recorded at different times? (Individual panel data with linked variables)

I have panel data from a popular election study and linked data, collected seperately, on all of the respondents. This means that I can link respondents detailed personal economic data, for example, ...
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### Correct algorithm for detecting outbreaks in conflict data

I'm currently working on a project researching whether Google Trends can predict conflict events in intrastate conflicts. Thus I have two different datasets; the weekly Google Trends search volume ...
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### How to use hierarchical models to predict vote share in elections?

I would like to predict overall vote share $Y$ in a national election in the US as well as the vote share individual states. For simplicity, let's assume that the country has a pure two party system, ...
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### How does one report the results of a linear model?

What are the established best practices for reporting the results of a linear model in journals in the social sciences?
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### Cross sectional regression analysis

I am working on a data analysis project. In this project we have to examine whichever topic we want and construct a regression model related with that topic, it can be either cross-sectional or time ...
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### Why don't researchers share their raw data for better science? [closed]

Publication bias. Reproducibility problem. Abusing statistical tests. These are some of the many criticisms received by all fields of science for a long time. If I read an article in Psychological ...
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### Arithmetic mean of normalized scores or a direct geometric mean?

My question is about studies like the following: The 2015 SEDA Scores by Country, PDF is available here. The authors collect 43 indicators for 149 countries and compute a well-being index based on ...
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### How to calculate sample size (or power) for the experiment with multiple treatments and a binary outcome?

I have an experiment in which there are 13 treatment groups and the relevant outcome is binary. I'm trying to apply the test of proportion to determine the required sample size to be able to detect ...
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### What is a good internet site or book for a crash course in medical/epidemiology or social science statistics?

I am a PhD student in community nutrition. My research (and the papers I read) run the gamut from pure social science to epidemiology. Study designs range from observational data to quasi ...
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### Is this the right way to use and interpret Mann-Whitney U Test?

I need to validate if two independent samples give significantly different results. The sample has a non-normal distribution, so I will use Mann-Whitney U Test The dependent variable is a five-point ...
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### Data mining techniques in Obama's campaign

I came across this article about the data mining team in Obama's reelection campaign. Unfortunately, the article is very fuzzy about the actual machinery of the statistical algorithms. However, it ...
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### Which statistical topics to teach in European Studies study programme?

Next year, I will teach statistics in bachelor study programme European studies (Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava). According to programme description, ...
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### Low $R^2$ value in social science or education research?

I'm looking for paper(s) that talk about "why low $R^2$ value is acceptable in social science or education research". Please point me to the right journal if you know one.
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### Would it be valid to compare two slightly different questions using frequency?

I administered a questionnaire, and one of the questions asked: Indicate all of the activities you did while on your most recent trip (please select all that apply). There are 20 or so options to ...
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### multiplication of probabilities of independent events with confidence intervals in archaeology

I am an archaeologist and I am devising rules for attributing objects to a certain region based a combination of region-specific traits. Particularly I would like to estimate probability that objects ...
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### Accounting for Team Size on Clique Cohesion?

So, right now, I'm trying to model cohesion for different size team. Imagine, we're talking about in-person social interactions. Every person is divided into different teams. I'm interested in how ...
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### I need a nonsense detector on my model

So I'm trying to check internet availability's effect on terrorism. I was just going to run a regression of Number_of_Attacks ~ %access_of_internet + region(categorical) To code %...
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### Book recommendations: statistical methods in the social sciences for someone who's not afraid of higher math

I would like to learn basic statistical methods for quantitative data analysis in the social sciences. I volunteer for a nonprofit, and I want to take on a quantitative research project analyzing ...
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### Social Science: Data Fitting and Prediction in Regression Analysis

Statistical methods are also used in the social science and in my major, Political Science, researchers often use regression and related techniques. They run regressions for the collected data and ...
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### Rationale for applying ecological methods to socio-technical systems

As a beginner researcher in an interdisciplinary field, studying complex systems and, especially, complex socio-technical systems are some of my research interests. From time to time, I hear and read (...
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### Mean and standard deviation of number of sex partners survey

When asking heterosexual men and women anonymously about the number of sex partners they had, the result is quite apparent. The mean for men is absurdly higher than the median for women (e.g. here). ...
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### What is intervention?

An intervention is strategy to produce change among individuals or entire population. Is the definition of intervention correct ?
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### Using Difference in Difference (DiD) to measure the impact of austerity measures?

I am trying to see if there is any causal relationship between the rise in vote share of France's leading extreme right-wing party Le Front National and the rate at which austerity measures took place ...
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### Would a simple OLS regression work with this example?

First and foremost I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide me with. I am writing my undergraduate thesis on the rise of populism in France. The relationship I am trying to better ...
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### Publications in the social sciences or psychology based on freely available datasets?

There are a lot of datasets freely available across the web (see CV questions here, here, or here). Yet, I want the reverse: I am looking for a list of publications in the social sciences or ...
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### Statistical issues with aggregating annual survey data from multiple years?

I am using a national telephone survey conducted every year by the CDC called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to answer a question about breast cancer screening rate in low-...
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### What is a proper scale to do the social network analysis?

Problem My problem is to profile the individual user (i.e. mine individual user's interest, location, and many more). What we have as input are the network structure (e.g. linked-in network) ...
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### Interpreting effect size

One of the most widely used interpretation of effect size is Cohen's $d$, as follows: $<.10$: trivial $[.10,.30]$: small to medium $[.30,.50]$: medium to large $>.50$: large to very large ...
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### Analyzing test scores with different size groups

I'm a bit new to statistics; I know some general info about ANOVA, but I'm wondering if it's applicable in the following situation. Let's say I have a group of people who have taken a test, and the ...
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### Implications of current debate on statistical significance

In the past few years, various scholars have raised a detrimental problem of scientific hypothesis testing, dubbed "researcher degree of freedom," meaning that scientists have numerous choices to make ...
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### Which statistical method to use for finding systematic patterns in data

As part of a broader study I am analysing 30 websites that fall into 3 categories: Consumer (10 sites) Commercial (10 sites) Health (10 sites) The approach I used was a 'tick and flick' spreadsheet ...
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### Are clusters in social sciences globular?

Many clustering algorithms require globular (gaussian) clusters. Main example is k-means. If clusters are not globular, these methods can bring wrong results. In social sciences, data is often ...
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### How would you approach weighting of open response lists in a statistical manner?

How would you deal with lists of varying lengths? For example, if you asked for an ordered list of your favourite movies without any constraints how would you value the weight of someone who submits ...
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### Correlation analysis for education research project

Good day! Our group conducted a classroom research about Social Goals Role on Student Mindset. For this study, we asked 42 college students to answer 2 sets of questionnaire. The first survey consists ...
I do not know a lot about stats so forgive me. I have a dataset which has $N$ number of participants and their choice between 1, 2, and 3 at any given point. I want to analyze the distribution of ...