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Introduction to the Taxometric Method: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

John Ruscio , Nick Haslam , Ayelet Meron Ruscio
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April 13, 2006 0805859764 978-0805859768 1 Pap/Cdr
Introduction to the Taxometric Method is a user-friendly, practical guide to taxometric research. Drawing from both classic and contemporary research, it provides a comprehensive introduction to the method. With helpful tools and guidance, the book is intended to teach those new to the method, as well as those already familiar with it, tips on how to conduct and evaluate taxometric investigations. The book covers a broad range of analytic techniques, describing their logic and implementation as well as what is known about their performance from systematic study.
The book opens with the background material essential to understanding the research problems that the taxometric method addresses. The authors then explain the data requirements of taxometric analysis, the logic of each procedure, factors that can influence results and lead to misinterpretations, suggestions for choosing the best procedures, and methodological safeguards to prevent erroneous conclusions. Illustrative examples of each procedure and consistency test demonstrate how to perform analyses and interpret results using a variety of data sets. A checklist of conceptual and methodological issues that should be addressed in any investigation is included. The accompanying CD provides a variety of programs for performing taxometric analyses along with simulations and analyses of data sets.
Introduction to the Taxometric Method is ideal for researchers and students conducting or evaluating taxometric studies in the social and behavioral sciences, especially those in clinical and personality psychology, as well as those in the physical sciences, education, biology, and beyond. The book also serves as a text for courses on this method, or as a supplement in psychological assessment, statistics, or research methods courses. Familiarity with taxometrics is not assumed. 

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This is a very thorough overview of taxometric studies and methodology as well as relevant literature on categorization and statistics.

The Ruscios and Haslam are leaders in the field of applied taxometric indispensible reference to investigators interested in conducting taxometric research. 
Timothy A. Brown
Boston University

...It will become the obvious text for anyone wishing to learn about taxometrics...the authors are three of the most productive contributors to this literature...

David K. Marcus
Sam Houston State University

...A necessary guide to people doing taxometric research...

David H. Gleaves
University of Canterbury

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (April 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805859764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805859768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource May 6, 2007
I highly recommend this book. It is a comprehensive treatment of taxometrics suitable for beginners. Authors are fair in their assessment of different methodologies and stick to scientific, rather than dogmatic reasoning. Bravo.
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