Y575 | 3718 | Monroe

This course introduces students to quantitative research methods for studying politics. Much of the course centers upon topics that are statistical in content, or upon topics that must be addressed for statistics to make sense. Students who complete the course will have achieved a level of statistical competency that will enable them to enroll in courses concerned with multivariate statistical techniques. More importantly, students will acquire basic skills of data analysis that are indispensable to the practice of quantitative political science. Related topics include: probability, sampling, distributions for random variables, descriptive statistics, measures of nominal and ordinal association, analysis of variance, an introduction to simple and multiple regression, and matrix algebra.