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POLS 3310 and 5310
Professor Dale Story
Summer 2011
449 University Hall
story@uta.edu
Summer 2011 Office Hours (by appointment): 5:306pm, MW
Announcements

I will
be in South America until Sunday, June 12 conducting research on
human rights in Argentina and Chile. Thus, we will not have
class on June 6 and June 8. We will be able to finish all the
requisite material before the First Exam on June 29. During
the week of June 6, you should read the syllabus and become familiar with all
appropriate policies (see below). You should also read the
first three chapters in both of your texts. Finally, I want you to view
the folllowing video:
http://www.ted.com/talks/bruce_bueno_de_mesquita_predicts_iran_s_future.html. We will have class beginning
Monday, June 13.

Unless you select otherwise, for undergraduate
students (nonHonors) the exams will be objective tests (multiple
choice questions). Example: What is a difficulty in predicting
political behavior—followed by 45 answers and you select the
correct answer. For problem questions, you will need to work the
problem and find the correct answer—than select the correct answer
from a list of 46 answers. You will need the 882E form and a #2
pencil. Graduate students and Honors students will take an
“essay” exam. Example question: Explain fully the four
characteristics of behavioralism. For problem questions, you will
need to show all your work neatly and in an organized fashion. You
will need a blue book.Finally, any student has the option of taking
the essay exams. If you prefer the essay exams (all three exams
must be the same), you need to email me by 5pm, Tuesday, June 28.

All students need to
bring a basic calculator (+, , /, *, and sqrt) to class
every day.

All students are strongly
recommended to:
Handouts
Statistical
Research Project (due by the beginning of class on the day of
the final exam)
Topics with Relevant Links

Politics as Science
 Graphs, etc. I
 Graphs, etc. II
 Research Design
 Measurement
 Survey Research
 Data Sets, SPSS (Variable Labels,
Value Labels, Missing Values, Recode,
Dichotomize, open a .por file in SPSS, save data as .sav file), Download Election
Studies, Administer Survey Instrument
 Univariate Statistics
 Data Sets, SPSS (Variable Labels,
Value Labels, Missing Values, Recode,
Dichotomize, open a .por file in SPSS, save data as .sav file), Download Election
Studies, Administer Survey Instrument

Bivariate Statistics:

Crosstabs (column
percentages)SPSS for Crosstabs

Hypothesis Testing (Chi Square)SPSS
for Chi Square

Calculating Chi Square

http://math.hws.edu/javamath/ryan/ChiSquare.html

http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/qmss/chi_intro.html

The significance level is a
function of: (1) the Chi Square statistic and (2) the degrees of freedom
(which in turn are a function of the number of cells or in some
instances the number of cases or groups). The correspondence of the Chi
Square statistic, the degrees of freedom, and the significance level can
be found in tables for the Distribution of the Chi Square statistic (in
NN, it is Appendix H, pp. 513514).

"We then compare the value
calculated [Chi Square] ... to a standard set of tables."

f_{e} = [(row
total)(column total)]/n

Lambda, GammaSPSS for
Lambda, Gammahttp://www.csulb.edu/~msaintg/ppa696/696bivar.htm
(see different topics, especially Nominal Measures of Association
and Ordinal Measures of Association)

Honors and Graduate students
should have already located and downloaded their data set. Their
additional project should be completely independentand should equal
the regular statistical project in "breadth and depth."

Correlation
Coefficient, RegressionSPSS for Correlation Coefficient,
Regression

Multivariate Statistics
Articles, Information, Links, et cetera
SPSS Help
Data Sets
Misc.

10 variables that may
influence Sunday's race for the Cup title (NASCAR and Statistics).

Does pitches per plate
appearance affect slugging percentages (Basball and StatisticsSabermetricswww.sabr.org)
Recommended:

Math 1302 and 1308. This
course [3310] involved a high level of familiarity with statistics.
I had never taken a statistics course prior to this class.
Thus it hurt me tremendously. However, after studying
statistics and understanding the concepts, I made a B.

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