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statistics: a method for determining the association between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables

- By subjecting it to the economist's favorite trick:
__regression analysis__.p. 163.3

- No,
__regression analysis__is not some forgotten form of psychiatric treatment.p. 163.3 __Regression analysis__is the tool that enables an economist to sort out these huge piles of data.p. 163.6- In the case of the ECLS data, it might help to think of
__regression analysis__as performing the following task: converting each of those twenty thousand schoolchildren into a sort of circuit board with an identical number of switches.p. 164.1 __Regression analysis__can't quite answer that question, but it can answer a subtly different one: does a child with a lot of books in his home tend to do better than a child with no books?p. 164.7- A
__regression analysis__can demonstrate correlation, but it doesn't prove cause.p. 164.9 - It should be said that
__regression analysis__is more art than science.p. 165.5 - Knowing what you now know about
__regression analysis__, conventional wisdom, and the art of parenting, consider the following list of sixteen factors.p. 168.5 - Using
__regression analysis__to control for other factors that might influence life trajectories, it was then possible to measure the impact of a single factor—in this case, a woman's first name—on her educational, income, and health outcomes.p. 191.4

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