## Description

**Test Bank For The Essentials of Political Analysis 6th Edition By Pollock III**

**Test Bank For The Essentials of Political Analysis 6th Edition By Philip H. Pollock III, Barry C. Edwards, ISBN: 9781506379616, ISBN: 9781544389929, ISBN: 9781544391359**

“Pollock and Edwards explain the nuts-and-bolts of research design and data analysis in a clear and concise style. *The Essential of Political Analysis* is an intuitive introduction to complex material, replete with examples from the political science literature that add relevance to statistical concepts. This text offers students an excellent balance between the technical and the practical.”

—Francis Neely, *San Francisco State University*

**Gain the skills you need to conduct political analysis and critically assess statistical research. **

In this **Sixth Edition** of The **Essentials of Political Science**, bestselling authors Philip H. Pollock III and Barry C. Edwards build students’ analytic abilities and develop their statistical reasoning with new data, fresh exercises, and accessible examples. This brief, accessible guide walks students through the essentials—measuring concepts, formulating and testing hypotheses, describing variables—while using key terms, chapter-opening objectives, over 80 tables and figures, and practical exercises to get them using and applying their new skills.

**Table Of Content**

Facts and Values in Perspective

The Scientific Approach

What This Book Is About

Conclusion

Key Terms

Notes

Learning Objectives

Conceptual Definitions

Operational Definitions

Measurement Error

Reliability and Validity

Working with Datasets, Codebooks, and Software

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

Essential Features

Levels of Measurement

Describing Variables

Transforming Variables

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

“All Models Are Wrong, But Some Are Useful”

Proposing Explanations

Framing Hypotheses

Common Mistakes in Hypothesis Writing

Making Comparisons

Graphing Relationships and Describing Patterns

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

Establishing Causation

Experimental Designs

Selecting Cases for Analysis

Conducting Research Ethically

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

The Logic of Controlled Comparisons

Essential Terms and Concepts

Effect of Partisanship on Gun Control Vote, Controlling for Gender: An Illustrative Example

Controlled Mean Comparisons

Identifying Patterns

Advanced Methods of Making Controlled Comparisons

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

Population Parameters and Sample Statistics

The Central Limit Theorem and the Normal Distribution

Quantifying Standard Errors

Confidence Intervals

Sample Size and the Margin of Error of a Poll

Inferences with Small Batches: The Student’s t-Distribution

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

Statistical Significance and Null Hypothesis Testing

One-Sample Significance Tests

Two-Sample Significance Tests

The Chi-square Test

Measures of Association

Criticisms of Null Hypothesis Testing

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

Correlation

Bivariate Regression

Educational Attainment and Voter Turnout in States Example

R-square

Multiple Regression

Some Practical Issues: Multicollinearity, Parsimony, and Missing Data

Analyzing Residuals to Evaluate Linear Regression Models

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Learning Objectives

The Logistic Regression Approach

Logistic Regression Approach to Vote Choice in the 2016 Presidential Election

Finding the Best Fit: Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables

Graphing Predicted Probabilities with Multiple Independent Variables

Summary

Key Terms

Exercises

Notes

Picking a Good Topic

Getting Focused and Staying Motivated

Reviewing Prior Literature

Collecting Data

Writing It Up

Maintain a Scientific Mindset

Key Terms

Exercises