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Month: January 2014

Writing Violence: It’s All in the Details

Michael Carr Book Editing Associates I used to wonder what makes talented writers lose their grip the moment they try to portray physical aggression. They’ve been moving the story along beautifully, with convincing characters in gripping, realistic situations. Then suddenly, at the first hint of violence, something comes over them, and reality goes right out …

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New Fiction Book Review: Prepared by Lindsay K. Mason

Prepare yourself for some morbid laughs; self-published author desired control over the product, quicker release by Marie Valentine Author Lindsay K. Mason (photo left) “Prepared,” the debut literary fiction novel from Lindsay K. Mason, features the intertwined lives of a colorful staff of morticians. If you enjoy slightly morbid human stories told with compassion and …

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Why Do We Need to Know the Data Distribution to Do Our Analyses?

by Vicki Lawrence Why do we need to know the data distribution to do our analyses? We need to know how the data are distributed to determine the most appropriate statistical analyses to use. When the outcome variable is continuous (interval/ratio), linear regression is a common method to use. When the outcome variable is dichotomous …

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