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University of British Columbia
SOCI 217
Amin Ghaziani

Week 8 Babbie. Chapter 15 and 16 Ch. 15: Quantitative Data Analysis - The process of converting data to a numerical format - Quantifying data: from coding  data is transformed into numeric form  Developing Code Categories: 1) begin with a well-developed coding scheme  to capture all the available criteria can be done so by adding more categories/criteria (ex. Pg. 411), code should also be mutually exclusive and exhaustive  Codebook construction: a codebook is a document that describes the locations of variables and lists the assignment of codes to the attributes composing those variables  Data Entry: inserting the data into somewhere readable or using optical scan sheets that converts data into numeric value - Data Cleaning: process of detecting and correcting coding errors. There are 2 types: 1) possible-code cleaning, 2) contingency cleaning  Possible-code cleaning: making sure that only pertinent code appears  Contingency cleaning: data entered concerning variables of interest do have data. This process is more complicated - Elementary Quantitative Analysis  Univariate Analysis: distribution of cases with on
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