Regression Analysis: How This Technique is and can Continue to Be Used Effectively in Criminal Justice Research

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Danielle Carden (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Statistics is the collection and analysis of information, called data, which numerically answers questions or hypotheses that a researcher has developed about a particular topic that concerns him or her (Weinberg 1). Statistics developed from two areas. The first of these areas came from nations such as England where the government wished to collect data on its population. The origin of the word "statistics" came from this idea. As Frederick D. Herzon and Michael D. Hopper state in their book, Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences, "The word 'statistics' originally came into the language as meaning the collection, compilation, and analysis of acts about the state" (2). This type of statistics came to be known as descriptive statistics, or those that "...describe the data that have been (or will be) collected" (Weinberg 2). The second area statistics developed from was gambling. Herzon and Hooper state, "The second major source of statistics lay in the desire of certain people who gambled to predict the outcome o games of chance. This interest led to the development of the field of probability. The development of probability theory allowed statisticians to make inferences about the outcomes of situations in which a random mechanism was present" (2). This type of statistics is known as inferential statistics, or statistics that allow the researcher to generalize information from the sample studies, to the entire population (Weinberg 2).

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Language: English
Date: 1998
Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Field of Probability, Social Science,

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