Seeking advice/help about statistical tests of significance.
April 17, 2010 11:58 AM Subscribe
I have a wonderfully large dataset that I'm working with for a long-term project. I am analyzing a small section the dataset for my masters thesis. In meeting with my thesis advisor last week, she suggested I run some statistical tests of significance on the 4 tables I'm working with. She knows that I am yet to be versed in quantitative analysis methods (I've done solely qualitative work thus far) and that I'm under a massive time crunch to get this done. She suggested I seek help from others, as she doesn't want me to get bogged down with figuring out this step, and would rather I concentrate on analyzing the other aspects of this data. To this end, I'm wondering if somebody might be able to suggest the best type of test of significance to run, the easiest way to run it, and a good, simple resource for what the resultant values mean?
posted by iamkimiam to Education (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have 4 tables in an Excel spreadsheet: two of them show the counts for 7 variables across 5 age groups; two of them show the counts of 7 variables across 3 gender categories. I can visually see that there are meaningful differences between the distribution of the 7 variables across the age groups; much harder to tell with the gender categories. I need the mathy numbers to back up my arguments for why these differences are occurring and how they are trending. Can you help me here? Thanks!
By helping, you are not doing my homework for me. The real 'homework' is in the examination of the reasons for these trends in context, which is what I'm primarily working on here. Thanks!
PS. I should add that I am a sociolinguist and so this work is being done in the field of Humanities, i.e. iamnotamath(s)person.