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Dale Story POLS 3310 REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR TEST ONE Note All data are hypothetical I Define and identify each of the following Cite examples if possible A four characteristics of behavioralism and caveats B four distinct operations in explanations C two alternatives for defining concepts D three criteria of a good elegant theory Example of a multiple choice question Which of the following is most associated with explanation and prediction a cause and effect b spurious relationship c necessary and sufficient relationship d history does not repeat itself or e measurement error II Year 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 Voter Participation in 55 58 60 63 65 65 Voter Participation in 73 75 72 68 66 61 Year 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 Graph the relationship year is along the X axis and voter participation is along the Y axis Is are there any trends across time in voter participation If so what direction s Is it linear Curvilinear III Electoral district 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Level of voter participation 40 58 47 70 60 55 68 62 42 53 Level of urbanization 50 45 60 70 75 30 35 55 40 65 Percent of independent voters 10 28 18 50 36 25 47 45 14 20 Hypothesis 1 Voter participation is determined partly by the level of urbanization Identify the independent and dependent variables Graph the relationship Conclusion The hypothesis is confirmed If so is the relation positive or negative The hypothesis is disconfirmed The hypothesis should be refined If so briefly explain Hypothesis 2 Voter participation is determined partly by the percent of independent voters Identify the independent and dependent variables Graph the relationship 1 Conclusion The hypothesis is confirmed The hypothesis is disconfirmed The hypothesis should be refined If so is the relation positive or negative If so briefly explain IV Units of Analysis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 X 76 36 96 20 50 44 16 60 24 86 Y 50 70 44 82 64 66 84 58 78 48 X is the independent variable and Y is the dependent variable Graph the relationship very accurately From your graph devise a prediction equation estimate the y intercept and the slope or rise over run Use your equation to produce predicted values of Y from the given values of X Finally calculate the differences between predicted Y and the given values of Y showing the negative and positive signs V Party A 38 398 Party B 162 352 Minority Population Majority Population The values in cells can be illustrated in four options absolute count total row and column The table above has the absolute counts Produce four additional tables One will be the same table absolute count but with all marginals also absolute counts The second will show total percentages in each cell show all work e g 20 200 10 The third will show row percentages show all work And the fourth will show column percentages show all work Which number demonstrates the strongest relationship between ethnicity and party vote VI Education and Presidential Vote in percentages Presidential Vote Goldwater Johnson Missing values TOTAL Education Secondary 23 57 20 100 Elementary 17 55 28 100 College 43 46 11 100 Ignore the Missing values category Recall that Johnson won the election handily Identify the dependent and independent variables What are the greatest differences shown in the table What basic hypotheses might the table be intended to test What is the conclusion to be drawn from this table What causal inferences can you make on the 2 basis of this table VII Explain describe give examples and otherwise demonstrate that you understand the following aspects of experimental research designs Manipulation Comparison Concomitant Variation Internal Validity intrinsic and extrinsic factors External Validity VIII Devise and describe an experimental research design to evaluate the impact of introducing legalized gambling on government revenues in a Texas municipality Do not aim for a perfect design but rather a realistic design Describe the extent to which you are assuring or not again be realistic the internal validity extrinsic and instrinsic factors 3


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