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RE: st: when your sample is the entire population

From   Maarten buis <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   RE: st: when your sample is the entire population
Date   Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:09:51 +0000 (GMT)

--- Paolo Pamini <[email protected]> wrote:
> As soon as you do a multiple regression you need significance tests
> even if working with the whole population, am I wrong?

All the logics that Nick mentrioned are at work in the same way
regardless whether you are doing a univariate, bivariate, or
multivariate analysis. So there are good reasons to use significance
tests (perferable with a footnote saying that the logic is a bit
different from what most people are used to), and there are good rasons
for not using significance tests in this situation. There is however no
law that states that you should always use tests when doing a multiple

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

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