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An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis

Fifth Edition


© 2016 | 240 pages | CQ Press
In Philip H. Pollock's An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis, students dive headfirst into actual political data and work with a software tool that prepares them for future political science research. Students learn by doing with fresh guided examples, new annotated screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and exercises that reflect current scholarly debates in American political behavior and comparative politics. 

Compatible with all releases of SPSS (12.0 and later), the all-new Fifth Edition includes 53 new or revised exercises. Two new datasets (NES 2012 and GSS 2012) and two revised datasets (on the 50 states and on 167 countries of the world) feature an expanded number of variables to provide greater latitude for performing original analysis. 

Discounted package deals available with the IBM® SPSS® Statistics Base Integrated Student Edition and Philip H. Pollock’s Essentials of Political Analysis. See more information on the “Packages” tab or contact your SAGE | CQ Press sales rep.
 
Getting Started
Downloading the Datasets  
SPSS Full Version and SPSS Student Version: What Is the Difference?  
Notes  
 
Chapter 1 Introduction to SPSS
The Data Editor  
A Must-Do: Setting Options for Variable Lists  
The Viewer  
Exercises  
 
Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics
Interpreting Measures of Central Tendency and Variation  
Describing Nominal Variables  
Describing Ordinal Variables  
Describing Interval Variables  
Obtaining Case-level Information with Case Summaries  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 3 Transforming Variables
Using Recode  
Using Visual Binning  
Using Compute  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 4 Making Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis  
Mean Comparison Analysis  
Graphing Relationships  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 5 Making Controlled Comparisons
Cross-tabulation Analysis with a Control Variable  
Graphing Relationships with a Control Variable  
Mean Comparison Analysis with a Control Variable  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 6 Making Inferences about Sample Means
Descriptives and One-Sample T Test  
Independent-Samples T Test  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 7 Chi-square and Measures of Association
Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship  
Analyzing an Ordinal-level Relationship with a Control Variable  
Analyzing a Nominal-level Relationship with a Control Variable  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 8 Correlation and Linear Regression
Correlation and Bivariate Regression  
Scatterplots  
Multiple Regression  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 9 Dummy Variables and Interaction Effects
Regression with Dummy Variables  
Interaction Effects in Multiple Regression  
Using Compute for Interaction Variables  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 10 Logistic Regression
Using Regression -> Binary Logistic  
Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables  
Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with One Independent Variable  
Working with Predicted Probabilities: Models with Multiple Independent Variables  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
Chapter 11 Doing Your Own Political Analysis
Five Doable Ideas  
Inputting Data  
Writing It Up  
Notes  

Supplements

Instructor Resources Site

http://edge.sagepub.com/pollock

Access the suite of student and instructor resources for all of Philip H. Pollock’s books at edge.sagepub.com/pollock, including for An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis:

 

Instructor Resources
  •  A solutions manual to all of the book's exercises.
  • A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.
Student Study Site

http://edge.sagepub.com/pollock

 

Access the suite of student and instructor resources for all of Philip H. Pollock’s books at edge.sagepub.com/pollock, including for An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis:

 

Student Resources

  •  Four downloadable datasets: 2012 General Social Survey, 2012 American National Election Study, the 50 States, and 167 countries of the World
  • New! Screencast videos, from the author, of the book’s guided examples
  • A set of all the graphics from the text

“Pollock's workbook is a wonderful companion to any research methods course. It pairs nicely with other textbooks and reading material, and provides students with interesting datasets and detailed explanations on how to analyze data within SPSS. An invaluable guide for faculty and students alike it made my job teaching the class easier, but more importantly, it made my course better.” 

Wesley Hussey
California State University, Sacramento

“This book is an indispensable asset to any professor who teaches students about the foundations of quantitative analysis. Pollock sets the standard for providing in depth, accessible instruction on how to use SPSS to analyze data in political science.”

Brian Frederick
Bridgewater State University

An IBM SPSS® Companion to Political Analysis complements The Essentials of Political Analysis and provides clear instruction for SPSS. The text is very accessible to students and uses interesting, varied, and lively examples.  The four data sets – 2012 GSS, 2012 ANES, a 50 state dataset, and a 167 country dataset – engage students with a range of interests.” 

Gary Copeland
University of Oklahoma

In addition to Beginning Statistics, this book is valuable when preparing to write a bachelor thesis.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
December 10, 2015
Key features

NEW AND KEY FEATURES:

  • Exercises (53 in all) have been recast to allow more discursive answers by students
  • New graphic forms, including boxplots, are covered
  • New discussion of ways to represent probabilities in logistic regression
  • Reworked discussion of statistical significance focuses on confidence interval approaches and two-tailed tests
  • All guided examples and exercises are compatible with the Full Version and Student Edition of SPSS 
  • Screencasts of all of the book's guided examples, plus bonus examples not covered in the book, are available on the student study site 
 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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