- Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052168689X
- ISBN-13: 978-0521686891
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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"Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models ... careful yet mathematically accessible style is generously illustrated with examples and graphical displays, making it ideal for either classroom use or self-study. It appears destined to adorn the shelves of a great many applied statisticians and social scientists for years to come."
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"Gelman and Hill have written what may be the first truly modern book on modeling. Containing practical as well as methodological insights into both Bayesian and traditional approaches, Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models provides useful guidance into the process of building and evaluating models. For the social scientist and other applied statisticians interested in linear and logistic regression, causal inference, and hierarchical models, it should prove invaluable either as a classroom text or as an addition to the research bookshelf."
Richard De Veaux, Williams College
"The theme of Gelman and Hill's engaging and nontechnical introduction to statistical modeling is 'Be flexible.' Using a broad array of examples written in R and WinBugs, the authors illustrate the many ways in which readers can build more flexibility into their predictive and causal models. This hands-on textbook is sure to become a popular choice in applied regression courses."
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"Simply put, Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models is the best place to learn how to do serious empirical research. Gelman and Hill have written a much needed book that is sophisticated about research design without being technical. Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models is destined to be a classic!"
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"a detailed, carefully written exposition of the modelling challenge, using numerous convincing examples, and always paying careful attention to the practical aspects of modeling. I recommend it very warmly."
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"Gelman and Hill's book is an excellent intermediate text that would be very useful for researchers interested in multilevel modeling... This book gives a wealth of information for anyone interested in multilevel modeling and seems destined to be a classic."
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"With their new book, Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models, Drs. Gelman and Hill have raised the bar for what a book on applied statistical modeling should seek to accomplish. The book is extraordinarily broad in scope, modern in its approach and philosophy, and ambitious in its goals... I am tremendously impressed with this book and highly recommend it. Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models deserves to be widely read by applied statisticians and practicing researchers, especially in the social sciences. Instructors considering textbooks for courses on the practice of statistical modeling should move this book to the top of their list."
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"Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models is the book I wish I had in graduate school."
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Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models, first published in 2007, is a comprehensive manual for the applied researcher who wants to perform data analysis using linear and nonlinear regression and multilevel models. It introduces and demonstrates a variety of models and instructs the reader in how to fit these models using freely available software packages.
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I see this book as primarily a teaching tool, although many will use it as a reference. In this light, it is without peer right now in terms of coverage (basically all of the standard/basic regression models that get taught to social science grad students), price/page ratio (0.15366), and accessibility. Many of us have used econometric texts for such purposes over the years, living with a slightly mismatched set of criteria to rely on the quality of these works (Greene, Mittlehammer et al., etc.), but now there is a competitor that fits much more nicely with non-economic methods training (less of a fixation with asymptotics, no need for 200 named flavors of each model, and so on). Finally, the practical advice and admonitations that accompany the model descriptions will be immensely helpful to practitioners.
To my surprise, I also really understood what I had done, why I had done it, and other approaches that I might have taken. That is, the text very effectively provides the broader theoretical overview, gives a concise real-statistics treatment, and pragmatically teaches you how to actually do the analyses you need to do. Gelman & Hill have that rare ability to both teach the abstract and directly help you do the practical. (Fans of Paul Allison's books will love this one, too.) This is a must-have for the shelf, and I am sure I will come back to it repeatedly.
1. For most applied uses of multi-level (mixed effects) regression in the social sciences, this book is appropriately comprehensive. You will want for little.
2. The book is R oriented. Though R might not be sufficient for all your needs, it is necessary. R has become the coordination point.
3. The book deals with basic concepts in probability, simulation, inference, and causation. The focus is on understanding what you are doing, not simply applying standard recipes. That's important because you can't competently apply the tools you will learn from this book without understanding these basic concepts. There are no shortcuts.
4. Nevertheless, the book contains a bunch of recipes, which I found helpful, for example, when learning how to simulate in R. Also, the authors write using a compact coding style. I'm grateful to have learned some simplifying tricks.
5. The authors focus on graphical tests and visualizing data. That's how you ought to be exploring data and testing/interpreting your results.
6. The book is oriented to generalized linear mixed effects (multi-level) modelling. When you learned ordinary regression you learned a special case. If you haven't learned ordinary regression, start with GLMMs.
7. The book is oriented to Bayesian statistics. Whether you use Bayesian statistics is up to you, however you owe it to yourself not to make embarrassing objections. Gelman and Hill do a fine job of explaining the motivations.
1. The individual sentences of this book are clear, however I felt that some sections could have had fuller explanations. Perhaps I'm a slow learner, but I had to move even slower than usual in some places, not because there was a thicket of mathematical detail (there's refreshingly little extraneous maths) but because the explanations were brief. For example, the sections on simulating data took me a couple of reads.
2. Software development is moving fast, and this book is already a little stale. That said, it is far from outdated. All the tools still work, and *most* are the same you'd be using now. That said some very good new statistical and graphical packages are available now (such as MCMCglmm, ggplot2, Rstan, blme, and others) and many will want to be running and interpreting their models using these. Note Gelman is involved in developing the latter two, and a bunch of others. No matter. This book is all most applied researchers will ever need, and again, you need to know the conceptual underpinnings. The tools will always be changing.
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Jeff's review has been the most looked at and voted the most helpful on this site. As this topic is a specialty area for him more than it is for me, I recommend that if you are interested in the material in this book that his review is very much worth reading.