Title

The use of Statistics in Sociocultural Anthropology

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

10-1-1985

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Annual Review of Anthropology

Abstract

The article examines the use of statistics by sociocultural anthropologists. Sociocultural anthropologists never used statistics as much as their colleagues in other social sciences, however, the use of mathematics in sociocultural anthropology increased dramatically during the 1950s and 1960s. The increased use of multivariate statistical methods is the most striking development in mathematical and quantitative anthropology in the past several years. The author discusses how well the assumptions behind statistical tests and measures apply to data analyzed by anthropologists.

Keywords

Sustainbility, ANTHROPOLOGY, SOCIAL sciences, STATISTICS, MULTIVARIATE analysis, MATHEMATICAL statistics, QUANTITATIVE research, SOCIOLOGY -- Statistical methods, STATISTICAL reliability, ANTHROPOLOGISTS

Published Article/Book Citation

Annual Review of Anthropology, 14 (1985) pp.135-157.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/anthro_pubs/41