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Key quantitative methods for the social sciences


Quantitative Research Methods

7.5 hp




This course provides advanced knowledge of key quantitative methods that are frequently used in the social sciences. It includes advanced forms of regression analysis and a systematic review of frequently used regression diagnostic methods and tools, as well as independent and practical exercises using statistical computer software.

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