1st Week of Notes
1st Week of Notes 400
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Date Created: 08/27/15
PSC 4002D Research in Political Science Dr McNulty Set of Notes 1 Week of Aug 24 Tue Aug 25 Housekeeping 0 Dr McNulty passed out the syllabi in class 0 The required textbooks will be in the bookstore by the end of the first week of class 0 We will have exams in the following schedule 0 Midterm October 15 0 Final December 10 0 Problem set will be due every couple of weeks check syllabus for dates Attendance is important in this class Dr McNulty takes attendance We will be using a political science statistical program called SPSS which will help us sort through data to show what we want the data to reveal Why this class is important 0 You will learn how to evaluate the validity of claims that you hear 0 For example If someone says climate change is caused by human activity You will learn the factors that must be examined and how often they are hard to measure How do you measure the temperature of the Ea h 0 Don t be afraid of the math in this class What you need to learn in this class is not math but logic 0 In social sciences we try to assert relationships between things in order to make hypotheses o What we will learn is how to make a hypothesis from an idea and then evaluate it by using data Thurs Aug 27 Dr McNulty pulled up a sample data set from SPSS for us to look at and familiarize ourselves with 0 Each character has certain attributes called variables we call them variables because they vary based on different cases 0 Like a club membership roster people will have different names genders majors etc So they vary which is why they are variables 0 The data sets we are going to be looking at in class are called rectangular data sets because basically they are a rectangular data sheet on your screen 0 Data sets have 0 cases and 0 variables 0 The statistical program we are going to be using in this class is called SPSS Our sample data sheet o It was a data set about a survey in which the govt surveyed 2023 people 0 Number codes were used for certain things like marital status 0 For example 1 Married 2 Divorced etc 0 Value labels show what each number code is for c Number codes are needed because on SPSS a variable can only have 8 characters letters in the name it was just originally designed that way 0 You can use the data set to tell you certain things like what role does age play in why people answer the way they do 0 For example when asked Should homosexuals be allowed to marry older people disagreed far more than young people 0 You can create a graph to show you the age vs answer 0 What social scientists have found is that people s opinions don t change that much from what they are socialized to believe from an early age 0 So the population s opinion changes because old people are dying and each year new people turn 18 0 Which is why the acceptance of homosexual marriage is more widely accepted every year What we learned today 1 What a data file looks like 2 How you can summarize data using frequencies 3 You can look at different variables at one time
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