Sara
McLaughlin Mitchell Fall
2001

544 Bellamy 511
BEL

Office Hours: Monday
3:00-4:30pm WF
9:30-10:45am

Phone: 644-7324

Email: sara@icow.org

Web: http://sara.icow.org

Political Science Data
Analysis

POS 5737

__Course
Description__

This
course is an introduction to statistical analysis, the second in our
four-course research methods sequence.
Its purpose is to (1) provide you with an understanding of some of the
concepts that underlie statistical analysis, (2) introduce you to some basic
statistical techniques, and (3) develop your own capacity to do quantitative
analysis.

Another
goal of the course is to expose you to the use of computers, by having you use
SPSS for Windows or STATA to calculate statistics you will be learning in
class. One of our advanced graduate
students, Steve Shellman, will provide assistance for all computer assignments. I will give you more detailed information
about these assignments as the semester progresses.

You
can always come to see me if you have questions about the course material. You can also meet with Steve Shellman, the
teaching assistant for this course. His
office is located in 557 Bellamy and his email address is
sms6202@garnet.acns.fsu.edu.

__Course
Requirements__

Each
student is expected to attend all class meetings and to have completed all
required readings prior to each class.
Reading a statistics text is very different from the readings you will be
doing in your other classes. It may
take you multiple readings of a section before you understand it, and so you
may need to set aside enough time to work through these chapters.

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1)
Homework
Assignments

Each week, I will distribute a homework assignment
on Friday, and it will be due the following Friday. The first homework assignment will be distributed on Friday,
September 7^{th}. The homework
assignments will be worth 30%. I would
also recommend working through some of the problems in each chapter of Wonnacott
and Wonnacott.

2)
Exams

There will be a midterm and a final exam, worth 30%
and 40%, respectively. The midterm exam
is scheduled on Wednesday, October 24^{th}. The final exam is cumulative and it is scheduled on Monday,
December 10^{th} from 1:00-3:00pm in 511 Bellamy.

Students
pursuing a Ph.D. need to be aware of the following statement in the Graduate
Program Handbook:

"Students
are required to achieve a grade of B or higher in each of the four methods
courses. Students receiving a B- in any
of the courses are permitted to continue in the sequence, but are required to
retake the course at its next availability and raise the grade. Students receiving a C+ or lower are
required to retake the courses before taking any other course in the sequence,
except POS 5750."

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__Required
Texts__

Berry,
William D. and Mitchell S. Sanders. 2000. *Understanding Multivariate
Research*. Boulder,

CO:
Westview Press.

Wonnacott,
Thomas H. and Ronald J. Wonnacott. 1990. *Introductory
Statistics* (Fifth Edition). New York: Wiley.

There
will also be a few articles and handouts that I will distribute throughout the
semester.

__Class Schedule__ __Topic__ __Required Reading__

Wednesday, August 29th Introduction

Friday, August 31^{st} Multivariate
Research Berry and Sanders,
pp. 1-39

Wednesday, September 5^{th} Multivariate Research Berry and Sanders, pp. 41-80

Friday, September 7^{th} Descriptive
Statistics W&W,
Chapters 1-2

Wednesday, September 12^{th} Introduction to Probability W&W, Chapter 3

Friday, September 14^{th} Introduction to Probability W&W, Chapter 3

Wednesday, September 19^{th} Probability
Distributions W&W, Chapter
4

Friday, September 21^{st} Probability
Distributions W&W, Chapter
4

Wednesday, September 26^{th} Probability
Distributions W&W, Chapter
5

Friday, September 28^{th }Sampling Distributions W&W, Chapter 6

Wednesday, October 3^{rd} Sampling
Distributions W&W,
Chapter 6

Friday, October 5^{th} Point
Estimation W&W,
Chapter 7

Wednesday, October 10^{th} Confidence Intervals W&W, Chapter 8

Friday, October 12^{th} Confidence Intervals W&W, Chapter 8

Wednesday, October 17^{th} Hypothesis Testing and W&W, Chapter 9

Statistical
Inference

Friday, October 19^{th} Hypothesis Testing and W&W, Chapter 9

Statistical
Inference

Wednesday, October 24^{th} Midterm Exam

Friday, October 26^{th} No
Class, I will be attending the Peace Science

Society Meeting in Atlanta

__Class Schedule__ __Topic__ __Required Reading__

Wednesday, October 31^{st} Hypothesis Testing: W&W, Chapter 17

Contingency
Tables

Friday, November 2^{nd} Hypothesis Testing: W&W, Chapter 10

Analysis
of Variance

Wednesday, November 7^{th }Hypothesis Testing: W&W,
Chapter 10

Analysis
of Variance

Friday, November 9^{th} Bivariate Regression W&W, Chapter 11

Wednesday, November 14^{th} Bivariate Regression W&W, Chapter 12

W&W,
Chapter 15,

Sections
15-1, 15-2, 15-3

Friday November 16^{th} Multiple Regression W&W, Chapter 13

W&W,
Chapter 15,

Sections
15-4, 15-5

Wednesday, November 21^{st} No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday November 23^{rd} No
Class, Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 28^{th} Regression Extensions W&W, Chapter 14

Friday December 30^{th} Inference and Maximum W&W, Chapter 18

Likelihood

Wednesday, December 5^{th} Bayesian Statistics W&W, Chapters 19-20

Friday, December 7^{th} Review
for Final Berry and
Sanders (Re-read this

book to see how much you
have learned this semester!)

Monday, December 10^{th} Final Exam, 1:00-3:00pm, 511 Bellamy