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Refiguring Anthropology: First Principles of Probability & Statistics
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If you're an anthro or a student, and you want to get a real sense of whether this book is worth your time, I'd suggest reading the last chapter first. In it, the author tells a story about the tribes of social science and how our particular tribe (my memory is off on the details, it's been a couple of years since I read the book) came to use stats in a limited way, and needed a guide which was in the form of the 10 Commandments of statistical inference for anthropologists. Things like stats aren't magic, so garbage data in equals garbage results out. Thou shalt not worship the p<.05 coefficient value, etc... These basic truths are common sense to any statistician, but are unknown to most cultural anthros.Read more ›