Quick Answers to Quantitative Problems

Quick Answers to Quantitative Problems

A Pocket Primer

1st Edition - August 16, 1991

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  • Authors: G. Page, Carl Patton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483296838

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No matter the field, professionals need to respond quickly to quantitative problems as they arise and to develop a quick understanding of what the data mean. Whether you are an aide to a city council member trying to decipher the true meaning of a citizen opinion poll, a private consultant to the health department estimating the number of pregnant teenagers in a neighborhood, or the executive director of a small agency striving to present your budget facts precisely and clearly, the techniques presented here are helpful to you and your work.

Key Features

  • Presents relatively simple techniques that can be applied quickly when a complete, thorough solution is not possible
  • Provides instructions for the use of each technique and examples with problem solutions


Professionals and graduate students in public policy, public management, public administration, urban and regional planning, urban affairs, and the social sciences.

Table of Contents

  • How to Describe and Display Data:
    Descriptive Statistics.
    Tabular Analysis.
    Graphic Techniques.
    Basic Ways to Analyze Data:
    Correlation Analysis.
    Statistical Significance.
    Looking at Data Across Time:
    Projection Techniques.
    Annualizing Rates of Change.
    Shift-Share Analysis.
    Multiplier Analysis.
    How to Obtain and Validate Data:
    Confidence Levels.
    Sample Size.
    How to Compare Options:
    Location Quotient.
    Net Benefit Evaluation.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: August 16, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483296838

About the Authors

G. Page

Affiliations and Expertise

State University of New York, Buffalo, U.S.A.

Carl Patton

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.

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