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# Quantitative Data Analyses

2023/2024
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 4 module

### Course Syllabus

#### Abstract

The course covers different types of regression modeling, including further insights into linear regression and diagnostics for linear models, binary, multinomial, ordered regression, models for count data, along with causal inference methods. Students are assumed to have basic knowledge of statistics and be familiar with several conventional statistical methods, most importantly linear regression, and with the R programming environment.

#### Learning Objectives

• The main objective of the course is to give an introduction to a variety of extensions of linear regression analysis widely used in modern social sciences, as well as implementations of the respective methods in R, a popular, free programming language for statistical computing. By the end of the course, students will be able to choose relevant methods of analysis, implement necessary techniques, and interpret the results of modeling.

#### Expected Learning Outcomes

• Able to choose statistical methods appropriate to their data and substantive research problem
• Able to design a quantitative social study
• Able to read and understand most academic social sciences articles that use quantitative approach
• Able to use R programming language for complex statistical computations

#### Course Contents

• Advanced analysis with linear regression
• Binary logistic regression
• Multinomial logistic regression
• Ordered logistic regression
• Models for count data
• Introduction to causal inference: Instrumental variables
• Regression discontinuity design

#### Assessment Elements

• Home assignments
The assignments test understanding of the course topics. Students are presented with an analytical case and need to choose an appropriate method of analysis as well as correctly perform the analysis.
• Tests
Students need to solve a set of analytical tasks during class.
• Final exam
Students are presented with an analytical task, and need to choose an appropriate method, perform the analysis correctly, and verbally explain their reasoning and interpretation.

#### Interim Assessment

• 2023/2024 4th module
0.2 * Final exam + 0.4 * Home assignments + 0.4 * Tests

#### Recommended Core Bibliography

• Agresti, A., & Finlay, B. (2014). Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences: Pearson New International Edition (Vol. Pearson new international ed., 4. ed). Harlow England: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1418314
• Field, A. V. (DE-588)128714581, (DE-627)378310763, (DE-576)186310501, aut. (2012). Discovering statistics using R Andy Field, Jeremy Miles, Zoë Field. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.363067604
• Morgan, S. L., & Winship, C. (2007). Counterfactuals and Causal Inference : Methods and Principles for Social Research. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=206937