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With a robust statistical package and eye-catching graphics Stata is fast becoming the statistical program of choice for political scientists. For speed, versatility, comprehensiveness, and ease-of-use, Stata is hard to beat. It can be a little daunting for beginning students, but no longer. Philip Pollock's accessible introduction to the program offers students a step-by-step tutorial, leading them through descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation analysis, mean comparisons, linear correlation and regression (including dummy variables and interaction effects), and logistic regression--all tailored to political science material. With over 40 carefully crafted exercises and generous use of annotated screenshots, students will be navigating Stata's graphics routines in no time. Ten feature boxes highlight some of Stata's special capabilities while a concluding chapter provides guidance on how to set up a research project, as well as how to use Stata to read raw data.
Students will be amazed at what they can do as they work through chapters. Graphics capabilities that allow a user to create effective visual displays ranging from elementary but elegant histograms to sophisticated comparisons of logistic regression curves are a major attraction of Stata and are put to effective use in this one-of-a-kind workbook.
Paired with a traditional methods text, this companion volume equips students to analyze real political science research and comes complete with a CD-ROM that includes four customized datasets: two individual-level survey datasets (200 variables from the 2004 National Election Study and 150 variables from the 2002 General Social Survey), and two datasets containing aggregate-level variables on the fifty states and on 114 nations of the world.
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Philip H. Pollock III received a PhD from the University of Minnesota and is professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. He has taught courses in research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over twenty-five years. His main research interests are American public opinion, voting behavior, and interest groups. His recent research has been on the effectiveness of Internet-based teaching. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Political Science Education. Pollock is also the co-author of a book on the role of political action committees in congressional elections.Review:
Pollock's Stata Companion to Political Analysis is a useful, accessible introduction to data analysis using Stata for undergraduates. The exercises at the end of each chapter gradually increase in complexity to the point where students with no experience in the subject can perform and understand sophisticated multivariate techniques. My colleagues and I continue using the text to help guide students through their upper level classes and independent research projects. --Roy Dawes, Gettysburg College
In this second edition, Pollock continues to provide students with a thorough yet highly accessible introduction to Stata. The companion is an ideal supplement to the Essentials of Political Analysis, and makes it easy for instructors to put into practice the various concepts and methods of analysis discussed in the text. The use of recent datasets provides instructors with opportunities to use recent examples from American politics in their exercises, making this work even more accessible. Introducing students to Stata is a challenging task; the Stata Companion provides the perfect mix of instruction and exercises for success. --Douglas Kuberski, Texas A&M University
Once again Pollock has managed take on the unmanageable and unenviable task of introducing undergraduates to political methods and analysis using Stata. Pollock's first edition is a staple in my political methods class, and this latest edition is a welcome update. Using timely data, he carefully and artfully takes the novice undergraduate through the doors of Stata to the real world of political science methods, analysis and scholarship. --Katie Vigilante, Oxford College of Emory University
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