Count Data by Vernon Gayle

Examples of social science data that take the form of positive counts are legion. For example, how many burglaries take place in a neighbourhood, how many women under twenty gave birth last year, or how many cases of a disease were diagnosed? Indeed, the question how many 'any things' will usually be answered with a count. Despite the prevalence of count data in the social sciences, most social scientists know very little about analysing count data. In reality social science data analysts tend to know more about analysing either binary (i.e. 0,1) outcomes or continuous (i.e. metric) measures. This resource provides information on analysing count data.