An Advertisement for Intro to Social Science Data Analysis

Christopher Gandrud

Fall 2012

What are your career goals?

Do you want to go into government?

You need data analysis


Do you want to go into business?

You need data analysis


Do you want to go into journalism?

You need data analysis


Do you want to go into academics?

You need data analysis


This course is useful.

You will learn how to:

Gather data from sources like the World Bank and US Federal Reserve,

Analyse the data with basic statistics,

Dynamically present your results with . . .

Basic graphics

Scatter

Motion Charts


Maps


And More

This is a new type of course.

You will share your work on the course blog


We will build a course Wiki.


Interested?

Excellent!

Worried?

Worried that there will be math?

There will be some math.

$$ y = \alpha + \beta x $$

Worried that there will be computer programming?

There will be a lot of programming.

# Plot
Model.demAge.p <- ggplot(Model.demAge.e, aes(variable, value)) +
          geom_point(shape = 21, color = "gray30", alpha = I(0.05)) +
          stat_smooth() +
          scale_x_continuous(breaks = c(0, 21, 51, 85))) +
          scale_y_continuous(breaks = c(0, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15)) +
          xlab("\nAge of Democracy") + ylab("") +
          opts(axis.title.x = theme_text(size = 12, vjust = 0)) +
          theme_bw()

But remember

The course isn't about math or programming, it is about using these tools to:

For more information:

See the main course site: