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In the next daily Kos book club, I will be leading a discussion of

Statistics as principled argument by Robert Abelson (other ways to get the book are below).  


It's not a text book.  It's a nice, small paperback.  It has very few formulas. If you need to understand statistics as used (and sometimes abused) by social scientists, this is your book.  Really.  You could read it at the beach!

a little more below the fold

This is NOT a book about how to do statistical analysis (I can suggest some, if you need them).  This is a book about what the title says:
Statistics as principled argument.

We activists and progressives need to make principled arguments, and we need to defeat those of the other side.  This book shows some of how we should do it.  And it's written in clear English.  

I hope you'll join me.

The discussion will be on March 10th, around 3PM Eastern.  You might be able to find this book at your local public library, at Powell's, or from va dare or from abbeysbooks (abbeysbooks-half at half com or abbeysbooks4 at amazon) who are both book-selling Kossacks.

If you want to join the book club, ask a question, suggest a book, or write a diary, you can email us at dKos.BookClub at

Originally posted to plf515 on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 02:27 AM PST.

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