This book shows why quantitative social science must develop by its own rules, distinct from those that govern the disciplines of mathematics and statistics. It discusses the use of various quantitative methods through data analysis, philosophy, and close analysis of well-known examples.
Part One: Summary Numbers 1. Introduction: Numbers for Religion and Politics 2. Lines, Damned Lines, and Statistics 3. Calculus and Correlation: A Calculus for the Social Sciences 4. The Rule of Safety: Gamma Is Wrong Part Two: Scatter Analysis 5. Introduction: The Strength of Weak Data 6. Big Folks and Small Folks: The Relation Between Height and Weight 7. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents: What Is Party Identification? 8. Friends and Relations 9. Time and Money: The Course of Human Events 10. Real Social Distance Epilogue 11. Theory