Chapter 1

Introduction

1.1   What This Book Is About

1.2   What This Book Is Not About

1.3   What You Need to Know

1.4  Computing

1.5   References

 

1.1 What This Book Is About

When I began graduate study at the University of Wisconsin in 1970, categorical data analysis consisted of chi-square tests for cross-tabulated data, a technique introduced around 1900 by the great Karl Pearson. This methodology was viewed with scorn by most of my quantitatively oriented cohorts. It was the province of old fogies who hadn't bothered to learn about REGRESSION ANALYSIS, the new universal tool for social science data analysis. Little did we realize that another revolution was taking place under our noses. By the time I left Wisconsin in 1975, the insanely ...

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