By Edward R. Tufte
Edward R. Tufte's ebook "Data research for Politics and Policy" is, without problems, very good. The goals of the writer within the writing of this ebook is '... to offer primary fabric now not present in records books, and specifically, to teach strategies of quantitative research in motion on difficulties of politics and policy.' to accomplish this finish, Tufte considers a slim diversity of significant themes in statistical research, basically facing difficulties of prediction (including a very good dialogue of the idea that of causation) and the relationships between variables via uncomplicated and a number of regression.
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These relations of sociability increasingly exist in network form, but these networks are not entirely chaotic and spontaneous. Over time, networks come to rely on emergent standards, which are shared norms and practices that facilitate cooperation. If we assume that in any given social field the value of a network is directly related to its size (because larger networks grant access to greater amounts of resources like money, communication, audiences, social support, or whatever the relevant resource happens to be) we may also generalize that social actors will want to belong to those larger networks.
This is why individuals constantly adapt their norms and practices to join networks that will provide them with advantages of varying kinds. There are many examples of this process in action in this book. Actors constantly mobilize but also constantly traverse the logics of older and newer media to advance their values and interests. Conceiving of power as relational, as evolving from a series of interactive exchanges among those who are articulated by chains of dependence and interdependence allows us to move away from abstract, structural prejudgments and generalizations about the specific categories of people who are supposedly powerful or the specific roles that people must supposedly always perform if they are to be powerful.
Ithiel de Sola Pool’s extraordinary research of the early 1980s, published in his book Forecasting the Telephone, catalogs more than 180 distinct predictions about how the phone would change American (and global) culture, society, and politics (Pool, 1983a). There were particularly strong concerns over the telephone’s disinhibiting effects and the new ease with which social connections could be made using the technology. Among wealthy households, this was often expressed as distaste for the potential for untrammeled communication with those of lower social status.
Data Analysis for Politics and Policy (Foundations of Modern Political Science) by Edward R. Tufte