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Author Venkatesan, Madhavi, author

Title Descriptive statistics, context, and the questionable contribution of regression : an evaluation of occupation and settlement patterns of initial black college graduates, Fisk University, 1875́1920 / Madhavi Venkatesan
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019
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Summary In my dissertation, I evaluated the occupational and settlement patterns of graduates of Fisk University (Fisk) in Nashville, Tennessee. The significance of Fisk was that it was one of two institutions established immediately after the antebellum (Civil War) period for the education of emancipated slaves. I was able to locate annual cohort data for graduates over the period 1875́1920 from the Fisk archives. The data were assembled by graduates from multiple sources that included commencement programs, university catalogs, alumni catalogs, and admissions records. To use the data for evaluative purposes, I had to collect non-numeric, descriptive variables, enter the information in the manner provided in the original source document, and then code the data so that they could be evaluated using statistical software (SAS). The data gathering and entry process was time-intensive, whereas the analysis took significantly less time but surfaced the question of the value of regression relative to descriptive statistics. Here, I describe the process used in assembling my data set and highlight the contextual explanatory value of descriptive analysis relative to regression
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Fisk University.
College graduates, Black -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Regression analysis.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526464683
9781526464682 (ebook)