From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research
Data Analytics and the General Linear Model Using R
From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research provides a structured and hands-on approach to working with empirical data in the context of music education research. Using step-by-step tutorials with in-depth examples of music education data, this book draws upon concepts in data science and statistics to provide a comprehensive framework for working with a variety of data and solving data-driven problems.
All of the skills presented here use the R programming language, a free, open-source statistical computing and graphics environment. Using R enables readers to refine their computational thinking abilities and data literacy skills while facilitating reproducibility, replication, and transparency of data analysis in the field. The book offers:
- A clear and comprehensive framework for thinking about data analysis processes in a music education context.
- An overview of common data structures and data types used in statistical programming and data analytics.
- Techniques for cleaning, preprocessing, manipulating, aggregating, and mining data in ways that facilitate organization and interpretation.
- Methods for summarizing and visualizing data to help identify structures, patterns, and trends within data sets.
- Detailed applications of descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive analytics processes.
- Step-by-step code for all concepts and analyses.
- Direct access to all data sets and R script files through the accompanying eResource.
From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research offers a reference "cookbook" of code and programming recipes written with the graduate music education student in mind and breaks down data analysis processes and skills in an approachable fashion. It can be used across a wide range of graduate music education courses that rely on the application of empirical data analyses and will be useful to all music education scholars and professionals seeking to enhance their use of quantitative data.
Table of Contents
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Section I. Fundamentals and Principles of the R Programming Language
Chapter 1. The R Programming Environment
Chapter 2. Data Types and Data Structures
Section II. Data Wrangling Techniques
Chapter 3. Data Preprocessing and Data Manipulation
Chapter 4. Data Aggregation
Section III. Descriptive Analytics and Exploratory Data Analysis Techniques
Chapter 5. Summary Operations
Chapter 6: Data Visualization
Section IV. Diagnostic Analytics and Data Mining Techniques
Chapter 7: Normality Assessment and Anomaly Detection
Chapter 8: Data Re-Expression Techniques
Chapter 9: Covariance and Correlation
Section V. Predictive Analytics and the General Linear Model
Chapter 10: The Mean Model and Simple Linear Regression
Chapter 11: Multiple Linear Regression
Chapter 12: Special Cases of the General Linear Model
Chapter 13: Model Diagnostics
Brian C. Wesolowski is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.