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Statistics Research Paper: Good Form in
Writing

Demonstrating a College Education

I believe that good
ideas show off even better when they are presented in
proper form. Future employers, admissions officers, and
the Nobel Prize Committee will hold certain expectations
about the applicants they choose. The easiest expectation
to meet is that of "good form." If you don't know how to
write a professional research paper, you should learn

For those who need help
in citing sources, see The
American Psychological Association Citation
Guide.

For those who need help
in preparing tables to report data, consider these
examples. This is a suitable format for reporting
regression results:

TABLE 1:
Regression Equation with [Crime] as
Dependent (Y)

Coefficients

Variables

b

beta

s.e. of
b

t-value

significance

(X1)

-

-

-

-

-

(X2)

-

-

-

-

-

.

.

.

.

.

.

(Xn)

-

-

-

-

-

Constant

-

-

-

-

R2
= --

R2 = --

N =
--

If you have several
correlations to report, use a table like the
following:

TABLE 2:
Correlations of Occupation with Party Preference in
Five Countries, 1990-1991a

Nation

Cramer's
Vb

Sample
Size

United
Kingdom

.24

1,115

France

.18

578

United
States

.15

1,356

West
Germany

.13

1,702

East
Germany

.10

1,053

come from the International Study of Values in
Politics as reported in Russell J. Dalton,
Citizen Politics, 2nd ed. (Chatham, N.J.:
Chatham House, 1996). Occupation refers to
respondent's occupation. Party preference is in
answer to, "If there were a general election
tomorrow, which party would you vote for?"
bCramer's V is a measure of
association for nominal data that ranges between
0, meaning no relationship, and 1.0, meaning a
perfect relationship.

Notes for a table go at the bottom of the table, not at the bottom of the page.

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