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Workshop in Methods (WIM)

The Workshop in Methods (WIM) was created in 2009 with the mission of providing introductory education and training in sophisticated research methods to graduate students and faculty in the social sciences at Indiana University. Our goal is to supplement statistics and methods courses across the Bloomington campus with topical workshops led by leading methodological scholars from IU and across the United States.

WIM is currently directed by Stephen Benard, working with the WIM advisory committee and the Social Science Research Commons. The initial idea for WIM began with Scott Long, who discussed his vision with Dr. William Alex Pridemore. Pridemore created WIM and directed the series until 2013.

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Fall 2016 Upcoming Workshops

For materials from past workshops, visit the archive page

 

 

Workshop in Methods & CEWiT

Friday, September 30, 2016

NaLette Brodnax, "Introduction to Web Scraping with Python"

2-3:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the popular Python libraries BeautifulSoup and Requests. Participants will practice accessing websites, parsing information, and storing data in a CSV file. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to web scraping but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Intro to Python workshop.

NaLette Brodnax is a data scientist and fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Joint Public Policy program administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University.  Her research interests include data science and policy analysis.  As a graduate assistant for the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, she is working on a number of projects intended to expose women to technology and to support women using technology in their studies and careers.

This workshop is the second in a three-part series offered in collaboration between the Workshop in Methods and the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology. View materials from the Introduction to Python workshop (September 23), and also join us for Introduction to Using APIs with Python (November 11).

Flyer | Add to my calendar: Google; IU Calendar; iCal (.ics)

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kris Hodgins, Gallup Analytics

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)


 

Workshop in Methods & IT Training

Thursday, October 27, 2016

IT Training, "SPSS: The Basics"

5:30-8:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

This workshop is part 1 of our SPSS workshop series for Fall 2016, offered in partnership with UITS IT Training. Reserve your spot for Part 1 by registering at http://go.iu.edu/1jxM.

SPSS is a powerful statistics application. This workshop, which is intended for people who already have a basic understanding of statistics, introduces SPSS for performing common basic statistical analyses. Participants will learn the basic features of SPSS and how to use it to generate t-tests, linear regression, and descriptive statistics, and to interpret results.

 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Stephanie Dickinson, "Your Statistical Toolbelt"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)


This introductory workshop will give an overview of how to identify what types of data analysis tools to use for a project, along with basic “DIY” instructions. We will discuss the most common analysis tools for describing your data and performing significance tests (ANOVA, Regression, Correlation, Chi-square, etc), and how they should be selected based on the type of data and the type of research question you have. This is geared towards students or faculty beginning their foray into quantitative analysis of research data, or those who have been around but would like to step back and get a framework for how to navigate basic statistical methods.

Stephanie Dickinson is a Senior Statistical Consultant with the Biostatistics Consulting Center.

This workshop is part 2 of our SPSS workshop series for Fall 2016, offered in partnership with UITS IT Training. Join us for part 1, “SPSS: The Basics” with IT Training, on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:30-8:30pm. Reserve your spot for Part 1 by registering at http://go.iu.edu/1jxM.

Flyer | Add to my calendar: iCal (.ics); Google; IU Calendar

 

Workshop in Methods & CEWiT

Friday, November 11, 2016 date change

NaLette Brodnax, "Introduction to Using APIs with Python"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

An application programming interface (API) is a tool that provides access to data or services.  This workshop will introduce the use of APIs to obtain data from sources such as Survey Monkey, Twitter, or Data.gov.  This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to working with APIs but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Intro to Python workshop.

NaLette Brodnax is a data scientist and fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Joint Public Policy program administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University.  Her research interests include data science and policy analysis.  As a graduate assistant for the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, she is working on a number of projects intended to expose women to technology and to support women using technology in their studies and careers.

This workshop is the third in a three-part series offered in collaboration between the Workshop in Methods and the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology. Join us for Introduction to Python (September 23) and Introduction to Web Scraping with Python (September 30).

Flyer | Add to my calendar: Google; IU Calendar

 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ann McCranie, "Introduction to Network Analysis"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)


 

Friday, December 11, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong, "The Pleasures and Challenges of Collaborative Qualitative Research"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)