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Small Sample Size Solutions: A Guide for Applied Researchers and Practitioners

Rens van de Schoot (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) Milica Miocevic



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25 February 2020
Psychological methodology; Economics; Epidemiology & medical statistics; Probability & statistics
Researchers often have difficulties collecting enough data to test their hypotheses, either because target groups are small or hard to access, or because data collection entails prohibitive costs. Such obstacles may result in data sets that are too small for the complexity of the statistical model needed to answer the research question. This unique book provides guidelines and tools for implementing solutions to issues that arise in small sample research. Each chapter illustrates statistical methods that allow researchers to apply the optimal statistical model for their research question when the sample is too small.

This essential book will enable social and behavioral science researchers to test their hypotheses even when the statistical model required for answering their research question is too complex for the sample sizes they can collect. The statistical models in the book range from the estimation of a population mean to models with latent variables and nested observations, and solutions include both classical and Bayesian methods. All proposed solutions are described in steps researchers can implement with their own data and are accompanied with annotated syntax in R.

The methods described in this book will be useful for researchers across the social and behavioral sciences, ranging from medical sciences and epidemiology to psychology, marketing, and economics.
Edited by:   Rens van de Schoot (Utrecht University the Netherlands), Milica Miocevic
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   526g
ISBN:   9780367222222
ISBN 10:   0367222221
Series:   European Association of Methodology Series
Pages:   270
Publication Date:   25 February 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Prof. Dr. Rens van de Schoot works as a Full Professor teaching Statistics for Small Data Sets at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and as Extra-ordinary professor North-West University in South Africa. He obtained his PhD cum laude on the topic of applying Bayesian statistics to empirical data. Dr. Milica Miocevic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. She received her PhD in Quantitative Psychology from Arizona State University in 2017. Dr. Miocevic's research evaluates optimal ways to use Bayesian methods in the social sciences, particularly for mediation analysis.

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