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28 July 2006

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Michael Heise

A recent piece by Ted Eisenberg and Marty Wells in JELS (3:1, 175-95) helpfully reminds all to, among other things, carefully follow data and check OLS regression assumptions. A useful methodological "primer."

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jels/3/1

Jason Czarnezki

Steve,

This link should help for those new to ELS (it links to why most use STATA among other things).

http://www.elsblog.org/the_empirical_legal_studi/2006/05/new_empirical_l.html

Steve Erickson

Great post. As someone new to the ELS area, I'm wondering if there are any good books that provide an overview of the field. I'm also curious as to why ELS's prefer STATA over other applications.

Tracy Lightcap

My favorite (an oldie, but a goodie):

John Tukey. 1986. Data analysis and behavioral science or learning to bear the quantitative man's burden by shunning badmandments. In The Collected Works of John Tukey, Vol. 3, ed. Lyle V. Jones. New York: Chapman and Hall.

Originally published in 1961(!), this is STILL relevant. I've been trying to avoid the badmandments ever since I read this piece. Would that our colleagues who like "positive theory" had read this piece as grad students.

Another good one from the master:

Frederick Mosteller and John Tukey. 1986. Data analysis, including statistics. In The Collected Works of John Tukey, Vol. 3, ed. Lyle V. Jones. Murray Hill, NJ: Bell Labs.

Published in 1968. We still haven't caught up with this.

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