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The Chicago Guide to Writing About Numbers

Handbook / Manual

By: Jane E Miller (Author)

360 pages, 22 b/w photos, 47 b/w illustrations, 23 tables

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Apr 2015 | Edition: 2 | #221569 | ISBN-13: 9780226185774
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Earning praise from scientists, journalists, faculty, and students, The Chicago Guide to Writing About Numbers has helped thousands of writers communicate data clearly and effectively. Its publication offered a much – needed bridge between good quantitative analysis and clear expository writing, using straight forward principles and efficient prose. With this new edition, Jane E. Miller draws on a decade of additional experience and research, expanding her advice on reaching everyday audiences and further integrating non-print formats. Miller opens by introducing a set of basic principles for writing about numbers, then presents a toolkit of techniques that can be applied to prose, tables, charts, and presentations. Throughout, she emphasizes flexibility, showing writers that different approaches work for different kinds of data and different types of audiences.

The second edition adds a chapter on writing about numbers for lay audiences, explaining how to avoid overwhelming readers with jargon. Also new is an appendix comparing the contents and formats of speeches, research posters, and papers, to teach writers how to create all three without starting each from scratch. An expanded companion website includes new resources such as slide shows and podcasts that illustrate the concepts and techniques, along with an updated study guide of problem sets and course extensions.

This continues to be the only book that brings together all the tasks that go into writing about numbers in one volume. Field-tested with students and professionals alike, this holistic book is the go – to guide for everyone who writes or speaks about numbers.

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List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes

1 Introduction

Part I. Principles
2 Seven Basic Principles
3 Causality, Statistical Significance, and Substantive Significance
4 Five More Technical Principles

Part II. Tools
5 Basic Types of Quantitative Comparisons
6 Creating Effective Tables
7 Creating Effective Charts
8 Choosing Effective Examples and Analogies

Part III. pulling it all together
9 Writing about Distributions and Associations
10 Writing about Data and Methods
11 Writing Scientific Papers and Reports
12 Speaking about Numbers
13 Writing for Applied Audiences: Issue Briefs, Chartbooks, Posters, and General-Interest Articles

Appendix A. Implementing “Generalization, Example, Exceptions” (GEE)
Appendix B. Comparison of Research Papers, Posters, and Speeches

Reference List

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Jane E. Miller is a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, as well as the faculty director of Project L/EARN. She is the author of The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, also from the University of Chicago Press.

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