Relationships with Categorical Variables

  • Allan J. Rossman
  • Beth L. Chance
Part of the The Workshop Mathematics Project book series (TIMS)


You have been studying how to explore relationships between two variables, but the variables that you have analyzed have all been measurement variables. This topic asks you to study some basic techniques for exploring relationships among categorical variables. (Remember that a categorical variable is one which records simply that category into which a person or thing falls on the characteristic in question.) These techniques involve the analysis of two-way tables of counts. You will use no more complicated mathematical operations than addition and calculation of proportions, but you will acquire some very powerful analytical tools.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan J. Rossman
    • 1
  • Beth L. Chance
    • 2
  1. 1.Dickinson CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of the PacificUSA

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