# Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

## Office Hours

### Carlisle Rainey (Instructor)

Allen 2051

Monday, Wednesday, 11am-12pm

Thursday, 2-3pm

Please reserve your slot here.

### Austin Johnson (TA)

Allen 2122

Tuesday, 1-4pm

## Assigned Exercises

- Chapters 1-6 [pdf]
- Chapters 7-12 [pdf]
- Chapters 13-27
*Foundation* [pdf]

## Schedule

**Jan 18**: Introduction

- assignment [pdf]
- textbook [Amazon]
*Foundation* [Amazon]
- syllabus [pdf]
*New York Times*, “For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics” [web]
*Chronicle of Higher Education*, “Liberal-Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects…” [web]
- Hans Rosling talk [web]
- Gapminder World [web]

**Jan 20**: Questions

**Jan 23**: Models

- assignment [pdf]
- notes [pdf]
- slides [pdf]
- Steven Johnson’s talk “Where Good Ideas Come From” [web]
- R [web]
- RStudio [web]

**Jan 25**: Computing

**Jan 27**: Loading Data

**Jan 30**: Causal Inference

- assignment [pdf]
- Computing Assignment 2 [pdf] [key]
- slides [pdf]

**Feb 1**: Histograms

- assignment [pdf]
- handedness survey [pdf]
- submit handedness survey [web]
- code to load handedness data [gist]

**Feb 3**: Histograms in R

- assignment [pdf]
- notes [web]
- slides explaining data frames [web]

**Feb 6**: Average and SD

**Feb 8**: Average and SD in R

**Feb 10**: Normal Approximation

- assignment [pdf]
- Computing Assignment 4 [pdf] [key]

**Feb 13**: ECDFs in R

**Feb 15**: Measurement

- assignment [pdf]
- Computing Assignment 5 [pdf] [key]
- survey [web]
- leadership extremity exercise [pdf]
- slides [web]

**Feb 17**: Survey Measurement

**Feb 20**: Review

**Feb 22**: Exam 1

**Feb 24**: Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 1

- assignment [pdf]
- survey [web]
- Writing Assignment 1 [web]
- measurement collection form [web]

**Feb 27**: Scatterplots and Correlation in R

- assignment [pdf]
- notes [web]
- Rainey (2015) [pdf]
- Clark, Golder, and Golder (2013, pp. 477-478) [pdf]
- taiwan data set [rds]
- gamson data set [rds]
- bodies data set [rds]
- run log [web]
- code to load run log [gist]

**Mar 1**: Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 2

- assignment [pdf]
- Computing Assignment 6 [pdf] [key]
- guns data set [rds]
- Brady data score card [pdf]

**Mar 3**: Regression, Part 1

- assignment [pdf]
- rubric for writing assignment [web]

**Mar 6**: Regression, Part 2

- assignment [pdf]
- peer review questions [pdf]

**Mar 8**: Regression, Part 3

**Mar 10**: Regression in R

- assignment [pdf]
- notes [web]
- therms data set [rds]
- taxes training set [rds]
- taxes prediction set [rds]

**Mar 20**: Multiple Regression, Part 1

- assignment: Have an excellent Spring Break!

**Mar 22**: Multiple Regression, Part 2

**Mar 24**: Multiple Regression in R

exam 2 study guide [web]