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Logistic Regression: A Primer (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences) 1st Edition

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Fred C. Pampel (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is Professor of Sociology and Research Associate of the Institute of Behavior Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. With John Williamson, he is the author of Age, Class, Politics, and the Welfare State and Old Age Security in Comparative Perspective. He has published numerous articles on topics relating to social policy, age structure, and pension spending, and is currently doing research on age differences in income inequality and mortality from suicide and homicide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (Book 132)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (May 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761920102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761920106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book on the subject. It covers the subject in detail. I work in a quantitative group of a large financial institution. My boss asked me recently to make a presentation on logistic regression, a subject I knew nothing about at the time.
Thanks to this book, I was able to develop the knowledge and expertise in this esoteric statistical method to make a descent presentation to my group. I was also able to develop basic logistic regression models in Excel.
Personally, unlike many of my colleagues (Russians with formidable backgrounds in math) I don't have an advanced knowledge in math or statistic. The book reviewed and taught me what I needed to know to grasp logistic regression. This included an excellent review of logarithms and partial derivatives.
If you are interested to learn this subject, and you need the equivalent of a most user friendly "Logistic Regression for Dummies" this is the book for you.
By the way, logistic regression is not so well known today outside of academic and quantitatively oriented circle. But, after studying it, I feel like it will take over linear regression big time. It is such a superior method to analyze situations associated with human behavior and human choices. Whether you are a psychologist, social scientist, or developer of financial products you will sooner or later have to grasp logistic regression because your counterparts and competitors will. And, in the statistical evaluation of decision-making, linear regression just can't compete with logistic regression. This book will help you catch the logistic regression wave.
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This slim book provides a meaningful introduction to the concepts of logistic regression: what it is, where it outshines linear regression, significance of results, and more. But since this is aimed at users of statistical packages (STATA, SPSS, etc.), it doesn't go into the computational details of parameter estimation or much else beyond hand-calculator levels.

The appendix on logarithms should tell you that this doesn't aim at readers comfortable with (or in need of) a peek under the covers at how things actually work. So decide what your goals are. If you want to gain confidence in meaningful use and interpretation of canned packages, this could be very helpful. But, if you're more a tool-maker than tool-user, this could be disappointing.

-- wiredweird
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I bought this publication mainly so I could understand how logistic regression coefficients are derived. It does a good job of explaining this topic. It is short and not really a book - just a bunch of papers bound together, so the price is a little steep.
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I cam from a social science background, but have delved into statistics and modeling enough to know my way around. This book does a great job of straddling the divide between technical description and narrative explanation. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a deeper look into logistic regression after they have read up on the basics.
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Well written and easy to understand. In an hour or 2, you can get a quick grasp on this subject. Considering the cost of textbooks nowadays this is sort of a good place to start if you are in a logistic regression class.
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As the author of Advanced Regression in Excel and Practical and Clear Graduate Statistics in Excel, this booklet is well worth the money if you want a complete description of logistic regression. This booklet covers every type and actually is understandable (if you spend the time). Definitely a good book on the topic.
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