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A Critique on the Use of Statistical Inference in Criminological Research
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The comprehensive over-representation of quantitative methods in criminological research is discussed in relation to the frequent misinterpretations of statistical results and methods. The study leads off with an introduction to essential probability theory together with a historical review of the rise of probability theory and statistics. A number of criminological articles are then examined with respect to their application and interpretation of statistical method and results. A concluding section summarizes the results and offers suggestions for solutions. Metaphysical considerations are discussed cursively throughout the text. 

Abstract [sv]

Den omfattande överrepresentationen av kvantitativa metoder i kriminologisk forskning diskuteras i relation till den frekventa feltolkningen av statistiska resultat och metoder. Studien inleds med en introduktion till grundläggande sannolikhetslära tillsammans med en historisk redogörelse över sannolikhetslärans samt statistikens framväxt. Ett antal kriminologiska artiklar granskas sedan utifrån deras tillämpning och tolkning av statistisk metod och resultat. Ett avslutande avsnitt sammanfattar resultaten och erbjuder förslag på lösningar. Metafysiska antaganden diskuteras kursivt genom texten. 

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2013. , 70 p.
Keyword [en]
NHST, null hypothesis significance testing, probability theory, statistics, statistical inference
Keyword [sv]
NHST, nollhypotes, signifikanstestning, sannolikhetslära, statistik, statistisk inferens
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-26157DiVA: diva2:626354
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Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2013-06-07 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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