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Do Our Means of Inquiry Match our Intentions?

Title: Do Our Means of Inquiry Match our Intentions?.
Name(s): Petscher, Yaacov, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-07-19
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A key stage of the scientific method is the analysis of data, yet despite the variety of methods that are available to researchers they are most frequently distilled to a model that focuses on the average relation between variables. Although research questions are frequently conceived with broad inquiry in mind, most regression methods are limited in comprehensively evaluating how observed behaviors are related to each other. Quantile regression is a largely unknown yet well-suited analytic technique similar to traditional regression analysis, but allows for a more systematic approach to understanding complex associations among observed phenomena in the psychological sciences. Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988/2000 are used to illustrate how quantile regression overcomes the limitations of average associations in linear regression by showing that psychological well-being and sex each differentially relate to reading achievement depending on one's level of reading achievement.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_27486410 (IID), 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01048 (DOI), PMC4949213 (PMCID), 27486410 (RID), 27486410 (EID)
Keywords: Conditional mean modeling, Conditional median modeling, Psychological well-being, Quantile regression, Reading achievement, Regression
Grant Number: P50 HD052120
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Frontiers in psychology.
Issue: vol. 7

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Petscher, Y. (2016). Do Our Means of Inquiry Match our Intentions? Frontiers In Psychology. Retrieved from