Sociology Index

Quantitative Analysis

Quantitative analysis is a dominant scientific approach to behavior analysis. Quantitative analysis of behavior is the quantitative form of the experimental analysis of behavior. Quantitative Analysis of behavior addresses behavioral economics and behavioral momentum. Quantitative analysis of behavior represents behavioral research using quantitative models of behavior. One of the most common distinctions is between qualitative analysis research and quantitative research methods. Quantitative research focuses on gathering numerical data and generalizing it across groups of people or to explain a particular phenomenon. Quantitative methods emphasize objective measurements and the statistical, mathematical, or numerical analysis of data collected through polls, questionnaires, and surveys, or by manipulating pre-existing statistical data using computational techniques.

The Society for Quantitative Analyses of Behavior was founded in 1978 by M. L. Commons and J. A. Nevin to present symposia and publish material which bring a quantitative analysis to bear on the understanding of behavior. Talks at The Society for Quantitative Analyses of Behavior focus on the development and use of mathematical formulations to: characterize one or more dimensions of an obtained data set, derive predictions to be compared with data, and generate novel data analyses.

The American Society for Quantitative Analysis
The mission of the American Society for Quantitative Analysis ASQA website is to provide support, resources and information for Quantitative Analysts in a variety of fields.

The course covers the conceptual and applied aspects of the research process, secondary data and its limitations, as well as the basic statistics of quantitative analysis. The course does not require a background in statistical analysis nor more mathematical background than high school algebra. The primary goal of the course is to enable students to be critical users of quantitative analytical methods.

Sociology 593: Quantitative Analysis. The main goal is to learn how to statistically analyze quantitative data using SPSS.

Rational choice theory and quantitative analysis. A comment on Goldthorpe's sociological alliance. C Edling. The Quantitative Analysis of Large-Scale Data-Sets and Rational Action Theory: For a Sociological Alliance. His claim that quantitative data analysis need rational choice theory is an overstatement, rather, it is argued, rational choice theory might sometimes be used in explanations of statistical regularities. The claim that rational choice theory needs quantitative data is rejected for being based on a dubious understanding of rational choice theory.