Introduction to quantitative research methods

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1

Typically offered in

Autumn semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to provide students with a practicum experience applying multivariate statistical techniques to the analyses of any data set. Although some of the mathematical foundations of the considered statistical procedures will also be introduced, the main aim is to get practical knowledge about the multivariate data analyses techniques of sociological data. It is also important to understand that what kind of variables and which methods can be used to answer a given question or to explore a given problem. This course is followed by Multivariate statistical analysis 2.

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  • Tacq, Jacques. 1997. Multivariate Analysis Techniques in Social Science Research. SAGE Publications.
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