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Making Social Sciences More ScientificThe Need for Predictive Models$
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Rein Taagepera

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534661.001.0001

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Recommendations for Better Regression

Recommendations for Better Regression

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(p.199) 15 Recommendations for Better Regression
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Making Social Sciences More Scientific
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Rein Taagepera (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534661.003.0015

Take seriously the introductory advice by most introductory texts of statistics: graph the data and look at the graph so as to make sure linear regression makes sense from a statistical viewpoint. Graph more than the data – graph the entire conceptually allowed area and anchor points so as to make sure linear regression makes sense from a substantive viewpoint. If using linear regression, report not only the regression coefficients and the intercept but also the ranges, mean values, and medians of all input variables. While symmetric regression has advantages over OLS, fully reported symmetric regression is still merely regression.

Keywords:   anchor points, conceptually allowed area, graphing, linear regression, means and medians, ranges of variables, symmetric regression

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