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Social statistics is the use of statistical measurement systems to study human behavior in a social environment. This can be accomplished through polling a group of people, evaluating a subset of data obtained about a group of people, or by observation and statistical analysis of a set of data that relates to people and their behaviors.
Social scientists use social statistics for many purposes, including:
Statistics and statistical analyses have become a key feature of social science. Statistics is employed in correlation does not imply causation."
The use of statistics has become so widespread in the social sciences that many universities such as Harvard, have developed institutes focusing on "quantitative social science." Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science focuses mainly on fields like political science that incorporate the advanced causal statistical models that Bayesian methods provide.
Methods, techniques and concepts used in quantitative social sciences include:
Probability theory, Regression analysis, Mathematics, Observational study, Calculus
Statistics, Nonparametric regression, Robust regression, Least squares, Ordinary least squares
Statistics, Statistical theory, Data collection, Regression analysis, Multivariate statistics
Public administration, International relations, Politics, Public policy, Law
Psychometrics, Statistics, Social sciences, Marketing, Product management
Statistics, Regression analysis, Survey methodology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics
Psychology, Anthropology, Statistics, Sociology, Economics
United States, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, Statistics, Syracuse University