StATS: Searching the Internet (April 26, 2005)

A response to a question on the stat-l discussion group provided a clever way of searching the Internet. Someone asked about finding references about how to analyze ordinal data. There were several good responses, but there was one that I liked best.

This person suggested doing a citation search using Google Scholar. The way you do this is to find a key reference book. In this case, he suggested the book by Alan Agresti, Analysis of ordinal categorical data (ISBN 0471890553). Find this book on Google Scholar by searching on Agresti ordinal. Here's the results of that search.

Each result in Google Scholar also includes a cited by link. The Agresti book was cited by 228 other sources. Click on that link to find a wealth of resources related to ordinal data.

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