Lecture Notes for PSC 202 - Introduction to Political Analysis at Syracuse (SU)

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Material Type:Class Note
Class:PSC 202 - Introduction to Political Analysis
Subject:Political Science
University:Syracuse University
Term: 2007
  • Hard-Working
  • Unfortunately
  • Differences
  • Negative Relationship
  • Non-Response
  • Representative
  • Entire Population
  • Similarities
  • Privatization
  • Concentrated
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STATISTICS Statistical reasoning rests on commonsense devices, but is formal, precise, and aware of its limits. Typification - representational or typifying form or model: something that serves as a typical example of or embodies the essential characteristics of something else. (sunflower paintings typify Van Gogh's work) We can assess typicality: ? MODE - what there is the most of ? MEDIAN - what is in the middle ? MEAN - the value that any individual in a set would be given if the sum total of values were to be distributed equally among all members of the set. Three ways statistics are used in politics: 1. Agenda-setting - ie. income inequality/homelessness. 2. Describing public interest - ie. Ebbing support for the war in Iraq. 3. Policy impacts - ie. Clinton welfare reforms or Bush proposal for the privatization of social security. STATISTICAL IDEAS 1. Careful counting: de-emotionalizes the way things are described, eliminates exaggeration and hyperbole...

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