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The Impact of [independent variable] On [dependent variable] Controlling for [control variable]. [Your Name] PLS 401, Senior Seminar Department of Public & International Affairs UNC Wilmington. Univariate Hypothesis. Theory: X X

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## The Impact of [independent variable] On [dependent variable] Controlling for [control variable]

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**The Impact of [independent variable]On [dependent**variable]Controlling for [control variable] [Your Name] PLS 401, Senior Seminar Department of Public & International Affairs UNC Wilmington**Univariate Hypothesis**• Theory: • X • X • H1: predict the distribution of values across the categories of your dependent variable. If relevant, predict whether you expect to find a conflict or consensus distribution.**Table 1**[insert the SETUPS frequency table for your dependent variable]**Univariate Findings**• H1 ([restate hypothesis]) is [supported/ not supported / contradicted] by the sample data in Table 1 because: • The pattern predicted by H1 [is/is not observed in/is contradicted by] the sample data. • The pattern observed in the sample [is/is not] statistically significant. The random-sampling error margin for this size sample is [± x %].**Bivariate Hypothesis**• Theory: • X • X • H2: [one category of the independent variable] is more likely than [another category of the independent variable] to [exhibit a particular value of the dependent variable]. [for example: males are more likely than females to support the death penalty – where gender is the independent variable and attitude toward the death penalty is the dependent variable]**Table 2:**[insert the bivariate SETUPS table and include the tau-b & chi-squared probability statistics]**Bivariate Findings**• H2 ([restate the bivariate hypothesis]) is [supported/ not supported/is contradicted] by the sample data in Table 2 because: • The pattern predicted by H2 [is/is not] observed in the sample data. The tau-b is [x.xx] which indicates that the relationship is [weak/moderate/strong]. • This sample finding [is/is not] statistically significant. The chi-squared probability of random-sampling error [is/is not] less than 0.05 (it is [x.xx]).**Multivariate Hypothesis**• Theory: • X • X • H3: controlling for [the control variable] [does / does not] change the impact of [the independent variable] on [the dependent variable] across the partial tables. • In the [first partial-table subgroup], the bivariate relationship will be [weaker / the same / stronger] than in the total population. • In the [second partial-table subgroup], the bivariate relationship will be [weaker / the same / stronger] than in the total population. • Add a prediction for the 3rd partial-table subgroup, if necessary.**Table 3a**[insert the first SETUPS partial table and include the tau-b & chi-squared probability statistics]**Table 3b**[insert the second SETUPS partial table and include the tau-b & chi-squared probability statistics]**Table 3c [if necessary, otherwise delete this slide]**[if necessary, insert the third SETUPS partial table and include the tau-b & chi-squared probability statistics]**Multivariate Findings**• H3 ([restate the multivariate hypothesis)] is [supported / not supported / contradicted] by the sample data. • The strength of the bivariate relationship [did / did not] change as predicted in the partial-table subgroups. [Report and interpret the tau-b statistics] • The statistical significance of the bivariate relationship [did / did not] change in the partial-table subgroups. [Report and interpret the chi-squared probability statistics]**Substantive Implications**• Suggest several implications of these findings for political decision makers and government officials. • X • X**Methodological Implications**• Suggest several implications of these findings for other researchers interested in this topic. • X • X**References**• x • Shively, W. Phillips. 2008. Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science. 11e. Boston: McGraw-Hill. • x 15

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