SSRC Workshop in Methods (WIM): 2014-2015

Spring 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

SSRC Social Science Resource Showcase

3-5pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Before the Workshop in Methods series kicks off for the semester, come learn about the resources and services available to support social science research through the SSRC and across the IUB campus!

Representatives from the following campus groups will be available to provide information and answer questions: Office of Research Administration (ORA) | IU Human Subjects Office | Proposal Development Services | IU Social Science Librarians |Center for Survey Research (CSR) | Research Analytics (formerly Stat-Math) | Indiana Statistical Consulting Center (ISCC) | GradGrants Center | Social Science Research Commons


Friday, January 31, 2014

Your Statistical Toolbelt (in SPSS)

Stephanie Dickinson

1:30-2:30pm, UITS IT Training, Introduction to Cloud Computing and IU AnyWare (UITS)

2:30-4:30pm, Stephanie Dickinson, Your Statistical Toolbelt
Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Prior to Stephanie Dickinson's workshop, UITS IT Training will provide a brief introduction to cloud computing at IU to prepare attendees to use SPSS through IU AnyWare.

This 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. We will spend the first hour outlining "what analysis to use when" and the second hour going through an example dataset in SPSS software ("Comparing motivations for shopping at Farmer’s markets, CSA’s, or neither.")

Stephanie Dickinson is a Senior Consultant at the Indiana Statistical Consulting Center.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Introduction to MatLab

Jefferson Davis

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

Matlab is a numerical programming environment with a large library of functions for numerical analysis and computation. This workshop will be an introduction to Matlab syntax and computation. We will cover:

  • Basic Matlab data structures and syntax
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Plotting curves and surfaces
  • Running simple statistical tests
  • Comments on Matlab’s use in image processing and GIS.

The workshop assumes no prior familiarity with Matlab.

Jefferson Davis is a mathematical software analyst with UITS' Research Analytics (Stat/Math).


Friday, February 21, 2014

DIGITIZING YOUR RESEARCH

Nicholas Wyant

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

Indiana University's Digitization Master Plan is an initiative to digitize research conducted at IU. This workshop will lay out best practices for collecting and storing your data.

Co-sponsored by IU Libraries. Nicholas Wyant is a Social Sciences Data Librarian at IU Libraries.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Finding & Accessing Data Through ICPSR and ROPER

Emily Meanwell

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

This workshop will cover methods of identifying and accessing datasets for analysis through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center.  We will cover:

  • An overview of the types of datasets available through ICPSR and Roper
  • Tools for searching and identifying relevant datasets, including ICPSR’s main data search and Social Science Variables Database and Roper’s RoperExpress Dataset Search and iPoll
  • Downloading data, including the creation of user accounts, logging in, available files and formats, and what to do if you’re interested in accessing restricted-use data from ICPSR
  • Tools for simple online data analysis, including Roper’s RoperExplorer and ICPSR’s SDA

Emily Meanwell is the Associate Director of the Social Science Research Commons, and IU's Official Representative to ICPSR and Roper.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Introduction to Statistics in R

Thomas Jackson

12:30-2:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200) Time change!

R is a free statistical programming language that provides many powerful tools for visualizing and analyzing data. R is used exclusively with programming syntax (i.e. no “point-and-click” interface) and therefore has a steep learning curve for new programmers. This two hour workshop will help users get familiar with the R user environment and begin doing basic analyses immediately. We will start with importing data files from Excel (.csv), doing basic descriptive statistics and plots, and move into fundamental analyses such as T-tests, ANOVA, Correlations, Regression, etc.

Thomas Jackson is a Senior Consultant at the Indiana Statistical Consulting Center.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Introduction to GIS and Spatial Data Analysis

Dr. Tom Evans

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

This course teaches what a GIS is and what you can do with it. Participants will be introduced to spatial data structures and issues of spatial data representation. Brief exercises will be used to emphasize particular dimensions of spatial data analysis. Applications will address census data analysis (and import), fundamentals of map design, and data integration. The workshop will use ArcGIS, although the principles discussed will be broadly applicable to any GIS toolkit. The workshop will conclude with a presentation of next steps to gain additional training in GIS and spatial data analysis.

Dr. Evans is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC).


Friday, April 11, 2014

An Introduction to Logistic Regression in Stata

Dr. Maria T. Kaylen

2-2:45pm, Introduction to Cloud Computing and IU AnyWare

3-4:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Prior to Maria Kaylen's workshop, we will provide a brief introduction to cloud computing at IU to prepare attendees to use Stata through IU AnyWare.

Logistic regression is a commonly used type of analysis in the social sciences and other fields in which the outcome of interest is dichotomous. This workshop takes a hands-on approach to utilizing Stata’s logit command. I will provide a brief overview of logistic regression, discuss Stata’s commands (as well as additional post-estimation commands), explain how to interpret the output, and then lead participants in a data analysis example using Stata via IUanyWare. Computers are provided for participants.

Maria Kaylen is a Senior Consultant at the Indiana Statistical Consulting Center.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Introduction To Social Network Analysis

Dr. Weihua An

1-3pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Interests in social network analysis have exploded in the past few years. Aimed to examine social relationships and interactions from a structural perspective, social network analysis has become an essential tool for us to understand and address a variety of social issues, including friendship formation, career mobility, organizational competition, economic development, diffusion of innovations, political mobilization, crime, health behaviors, and knowledge discovery, to name only a few.

This workshop introduces the basic concepts in social network analysis and the major methods to collect, represent, and analyze social network data.  Students interested in learning more details about these methods are welcome to take Sociology 651: Advanced Topics in Social Network Analysis.

Dr. An is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Sociology at Indiana University.