Reading Questions: Poli Sci 200
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W hat s hould a good introduction accomplish?
E ngage the reader, establish your purpose for writing, and conclude with a main point (or thesis).
W hat a re t he c haracteristics o f a s trong thesis?
H acker p p. 57-66:
W hat a re t he m ost i mportant s trategies f or a nalyzing o r " actively r eading" a t ext?
Annotate the text: Familiarize y ourself with the basic features a nd structure o f a text, note details
that surprise, puzzle or intrigue y
Equality (lower Gini coefficient) -7 longer life expectancy?
Poli Sci 200, Prof. Cooper
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b. Dependent Variable: Life expe
Final Exam Review Notes
Interval Data no absolute zero. Temperature, years, etc.
Ratio Data Age
Descriptive statistics vs. Analytical statistics
Analytical: relationships, t-tests (difference in mean, t-stat above 2 is statistically
significant can reje
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W hat a re t he two key c riteria f or a m eaningful closed-ended question?
Mutually exclusive (do not overlap and collectively exhaustive (anyone's opinion would fall into
one o f them).
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Does the author o r the publisher have political leanings o r religious views that could affect
Is the author o r publisher associated with a special-interest group that might only see one side o f
a n issue?
Are alternative views presented
Midterm Study Guide
Writing Organization and Citation
H ood the reader, and present thesis
Give a reason to keep r~ading
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Final Study Guide (new topics)
Descriptive vs. inferential statistics
Descriptive= numbers that describe a single variable
- average (mean) median, mode
Cannot tell us whether differences between these numbers are meaningful (infe
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