Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research

Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research

Gary King


While heated arguments among practitioners of qualitative and quantitative learn have started to check the very integrity of the social sciences, Gary King, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba have produced a farsighted and well timed e-book that offers to sharpen and develop a variety of learn played during this box. those best students, every one representing varied educational traditions, have constructed a unified method of legitimate descriptive and causal inference in qualitative learn, the place numerical size is both very unlikely or bad. Their ebook demonstrates that an identical good judgment of inference underlies either stable quantitative and strong qualitative examine designs, and their process applies both to each.

Providing precepts meant to stimulate and self-discipline idea, the authors discover matters relating to framing learn questions, measuring the accuracy of information and uncertainty of empirical inferences, gaining knowledge of causal results, and customarily enhancing qualitative study. one of the particular issues they tackle are interpretation and inference, comparative case stories, developing causal theories, based and explanatory variables, the bounds of random choice, choice bias, and mistakes in size. Mathematical notation is sometimes used to elucidate strategies, yet no previous wisdom of arithmetic or facts is thought. The unified common sense of inference that this e-book explicates can be vastly worthwhile to qualitative researchers of all traditions and considerable fields.

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