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Introduction to the Taxometric Method
A Practical Guide
This user-friendly, practical guide draws from both classic and contemporary research to provide a comprehensive introduction to taxometric methods. With helpful tools and guidance, the book is intended to teach those new to the method tips on how to conduct and evaluate taxometric investigations. It covers a broad range of analytic techniques, describing their logic and implementation as well as what is known about their performance. The book opens with the background material essential to understanding the method and then explains the data requirements of taxometric analysis, the logic of each procedure, factors that can influence results and lead to misinterpretations, suggestions for choosing the best procedures, and safeguards to prevent erroneous conclusions. Illustrative examples of each procedure demonstrate how to perform analyses and interpret results. A checklist of conceptual and methodological issues that should be addressed in any investigation is included. The accompanying CD provides a variety of programs for performing taxometric analyses along with simulations and analyses of data sets.
Ideal for researchers and students conducting or evaluating taxometric studies in the behavioral, social, and physical sciences, especially those in clinical and personality psychology, as well as those in education, the book also serves as a text for courses on taxometric methods or as a supplement in courses where this method is reviewed.
368 pages; ISBN 9781135809959
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