[Freedman] = Freedman, David, Robert Pisani, and Roger Purves. Statistics. 3rd ed. W.W. Norton and Company, 1997. ISBN: 9780393970838.
[Gujarati] = Gujarati, Damodar M. Basic Econometrics. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2002. ISBN: 9780071123433.
[Kellstedt] = Kellstedt, Paul M., and Guy D. Whitten. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780521697880.
[Kohler] = Kohler, Ulrich, and Frauke Kreuter. Data Analysis Using Stata. 2nd ed. Stata Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781597180467.
[Tufte] = Tufte, Edward R. Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. Prentice Hall, 1974. ISBN: 9780131975255.
[Utts] = Utts, Jessica M., and Robert F. Heckard. Mind on Statistics. 3rd ed. Duxbury Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780534998646.
SES # | TOPICS | READINGS |
---|---|---|
1 | Introduction | No readings |
2 | Introduction to STATA^{®} |
“The First Time.” Chapter 1 in [Kohler]. “Working With Do-files.” Chapter 2 in [Kohler]. “The Grammar of Stata.” Chapter 3 in [Kohler]. “General Comments on the Statistical Commands.” Chapter 4 in [Kohler]. “Creating and Changing Variables.” Chapter 5 in [Kohler]. |
3 | Descriptive statistics I |
“The Histogram.” Chapter 3 in [Freedman]. “The Average and the Standard Deviation.” Chapter 4 in [Freedman]. “Creating and Changing Graphs.” Chapter 6 in [Kohler]. “Describing and Comparing Distributions.” Chapter 7 in [Kohler]. How to Use the STATA^{®} ‘merge’ command. (PDF) Suggested Reading: “Turning Data Into Information.” Chapter 2 in [Utts]. |
4 | Data resources and library research | No readings |
5 | Descriptive statistics II | “Descriptive Statistics and Graphs.” Chapter 6 in [Kellstedt]. |
6 | Bivariate relationships I |
“Bivariate Regression Models.” Chapter 9 in [Kellstedt]. Suggested Readings: “Introduction to Data Analysis.” Chapter 1 in [Tufte]. “The Nature Of Regression Analysis.” Chapter 1 in [Gujarati]. “Two-Variable Regression Analysis: Some Basic Ideas.” Chapter 2 in [Gujarati]. “Two-Variable Regression Model: The Problem of Estimation.” Chapter 3 in [Gujarati]. “Extensions of the Two-Variable Linear Regression Model.” Chapter 6 in [Gujarati]. |
7 | Bivariate relationships II | Tufte, Edward R. Visual and Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions. Graphics Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780961392130. |
8 | Multiple regression I |
“Multiple Regression Models I: The Basics.” Chapter 10 in [Kellstedt]. “Introduction to Linear Regression.” Chapter 8 in [Kohler]. pp. 181–96. Suggested Readings: “Two-Variable Linear Regression.” Chapter 3 in [Tufte]. “Multiple Regression Analysis: The Problem of Estimation.” Chapter 7 in [Gujarati]. |
9 | Multiple regression II |
“Multiple Regression Models II: Crucial Extensions.” Chapter 11 in [Kellstedt]. Suggested Reading: “Multiple Regression.” Chapter 4 in [Tufte]. |
10 | Presentation of group projects | No readings |
11–12 | Workshop and individual meetings | No readings |
13 | Sampling and inference I | “Statistical Inference.” Chapter 7 in [Kellstedt]. |
14 | Sampling and inference II |
“Bivariate Hypothesis Testing.” Chapter 8 in [Kellstedt]. Suggested Readings: “Inference About Simple Regression.” Chapter 14 in [Utts]. “The Expected Value and Standard Error.” Chapter 17 in [Freedman]. “The Normal Approximation for Probability Histograms.” Chapter 18 in [Freedman]. “Chance Errors in Sampling.” Chapter 20 in [Freedman]. “The Accuracy of Percentages.” Chapter 21 in [Freedman]. “The Accuracy of Averages.” Chapter 23 in [Freedman]. “A Model for Measurement Error.” Chapter 24 in [Freedman]. “Tests of Significance.” Chapter 26 in [Freedman]. “More Tests for Averages.” Chapter 27 in [Freedman]. “A Closer Look at Tests of Significance.” Chapter 29 in [Freedman]. |
15 | Make up - this is a built-in flexible day, to make up lost time if we get behind | No readings |
16–17 | Preliminary final project presentations and work sessions – these sessions are for you to work on your project and seek help | Achen, Christopher H. Interpreting and Using Regression. Sage Publications, 1982. ISBN: 9780803919150. [Preview with Google Books] |
18 | Short exam which will cover all the technical material in the class | No readings |
19–22 | Preliminary final project presentations and work sessions | No readings |
23–26 | Final project presentations | No readings |