Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

syllabus [pdf]
assigned exercises from FPP [pdf]
data sets [zip]

Office Hours

Allen 2051, MTWRF, 10:35-11:35am. Please reserve your slot here.

Schedule

Tasks (bullets) below the date should be completed before the next class unless a date is given.

Jul 5: No class meeting
. Read the syllabus carefully.
. Install R and RStudio (complete by Jul 7).
. Order textbook (have by Jul 11).
. Obtain a pocket calculator (have by Jul 11).
. Fill out survey questionnaire [pdf].

Jul 6: Questions + Models
. Review Notes on Questions [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Review Notes on Models [pdf] (and slides from lecture [pdf]). Complete exercises.
. Install R and RStudio.

Jul 7: Computing in R
. Read Notes on Computing in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Jul 10: Model Building Exercise + Causal Inference
. Have textbook and calculator.
. Read chs. 1-2 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Causal Inference [pdf]. Complete exercises at the end.

July 11: Loading Data in R + Histograms
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Data Frames [pdf].
. Review Notes on Loading Data in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Read ch. 3 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

July 12: Histograms in R + Average and SD
. Review Notes on Histograms in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Read ch. 4 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises (remember that assigned exercises are [at the top] ).

July 13: Average and SD in R + Normal Approximation
. Read Writing Assignment 1 [pdf] (polished draft due July 20).
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Average and SD in R [pdf].
. Review Notes on Average and SD in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Read ch. 5 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Finish the leadership extremity exercise we began in class [pdf].

July 14: Measurement + Measurement Exercise
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Measurement [pdf]. Complete exercises at the end.
. Read ch. 6 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Prepare for Exam 1. Focus on the review exercises from notes, slides, and textbook.

July 17: Exam 1 + Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 1
. Read chs. 7-8 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. See this sheet for p. 137, #9(a) [Google Sheet].

July 18: Scatterplots and Correlation in R + Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 2
. Use this code to load runs data [Gist].
. Review Notes on Scatterplots and Correlation in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Read ch. 9 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Play this game [web] and track your performance.

July 19: Regression, Part 1 + Regression, Part 2
. Do this exercise in class [Google Form].
. I used this code in class [Gist].
. Read chs. 10-11 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

July 20: Regression, Part 3 + Regression in R . Read ch. 12 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Review Notes on Regression in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

July 21: Multiple Regression (and in R) + Review for Exam 2
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Multiple Regression (and in R) [html]. Complete exercises.

July 24: Exam 2 + Probability, Part 1
. Read ch. 12 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.