Classes

POL 572: Quantitative Analysis and Politics II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Positive political science involves connecting our observations of the social world with causal mechanisms.  We are going to focus on a particular problem: to what extent can we used observed data to measure, discover, and test underlying causal claims?  The course will include a combination of statistical theory, hands--on data analysis,  and causal reasoning.  The goal of the course is to produce students who can understand, apply, and ultimately further quantitative political methodology.

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POL 574: Quantitative Analysis and Politics IV

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Political methodology is a rapidly changing and fascinating subfield of political science. From text analysis to scaling models to network models to machine learning nethods, political science sits at the forefront of applied statistical research on several fronts. This course will cover the foundations necessary to work at the fronteir of political methodology, and then we will move through selected topics. The course is not defined by Bayesian analysis so much as it is unified by it: we will work through a number of examples and methods within a...

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POL 501: Graduate Research Seminar in Applied Quantitative Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

The overarching goal of the course is to help students move their research projects forward. Each week, one person will circulate materials two days prior to the meeting. Students will then be expected to comment on the materials prior to our meeting. The presentation will then guide our discussion through the in-person session. A final paper will then be submitted, with an additional document explaining how the student responded to the comments provided by the group...

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POL 345: Introduction to Quantitative Social Science

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Why do people vote the way they do?  Can universal health insurance lead to a longer lifespan? What countries are more or less likely to erupt in civil conflict?  Assessing these questions requires the ability to think analytically about data and statistics.  This course will provide an introduction to causal inference, probability theory, and estimation.  The focus of this course will be on hands-on data analysis and the practical application of basic statistical methods to real-world, relevant problems.

 

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Summer Study Group: Asymptotic Statistics

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

In this summer study group, we work through Asumptotic Statistics by Aad van der Vaart in some detail.  The goal is to work through the book one proof at a time and fill in the gaps in the explication of his proofs (which are numerous).  Topics include notions of convergence of random variables, M-Estimation and local asymptotic normality in the parametric setting, then revisiting it all again in the nonparametric setting.  The typical day consists of turning to the next page of the book, working through the next theorem in close detail, then going to the...

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POL 573: Quantitative Analysis and Politics III

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2018
Political methodology is a rapidly changing and fascinating subfield of political science.  From text analysis to scaling models to network models to machine learning methods, political science sits at the forefront of applied statistical research on several fronts.  This course will first cover the foundations necessary to work at the frontier of political methodology, after which we will move through selected topics.