Statistics
for Social Sciences I: Introduction to Statistics
Final
project
In groups of up to 3 people, you should perform some descriptive
statistical analysis (using Excel) of some data from one of the International
Relations
databases mentioned in the first
class. You should provide a brief report (not
more than 6 pages) outlining the results of your findings and their
significance
in the IR context.
Notes,
exercises & practicals
Week 
Theory classes 
Practical classes 
Exercises 
1 
Practical 1: Introduction
to statistical software class questionnaire (.xlsx) 
Evaluated
exercises 6, 8 

2 
Chapter 2: Analysis of univariate data
(summary and graphical representations) 
Practical 2: statistical
graphs questionnaire responses (.xlsx) 
Evaluated
exercises 1, 2 
3 
Chapter 2: Analysis of univariate data
(numerical summaries of data) 
Practical 3: numerical
summary of data 
Evaluated
exercises 2,4 
4 
Chapter 3: Analysis of bivariate data
(tabular and graphical representations, 
Practical 4: two way
tables 
Evaluated
exercises 8,9 
5 
Chapter 3: Analysis of bivariate data
(correlation and regression) 
Practical 5: regression 
Evaluated
exercises 2,11 
6 
Chapter 3: Analysis of bivariate data
(data that change over time) 
Practical 6: time series
analysis 
Evaluated
exercise 6 
7 
Practical 7 

8 
Chapter 4: Probability and probability models
(discrete variables) 
Test I 

9 
Chapter 4: Probability and probability
models (continuous variables) 
Practical 8/9 :
distributions 
Evaluated exercises
2, 10 
10 
Chapter 5: Introduction to statistical
inference: basic ideas 
Practical 10: confidence
intervals 

11 
Chapter 5: Introduction to statistical
inference: hypothesis tests 
Practical 11: hypothesis
tests 

12 
Chapter 5: Introduction to statistical
inference: testing for independence 
Practical 12: testing for
independence 

13 
Revision class and exam preparation 
Exercises 13 

14 
Revision class and exam
preparation 
Test II 
Exercises 14 
15 
Databases
Countries by regime type (.xlsx) from Wikipedia
Exams from previous years
Test examples from previous years
Last change: 24^{th} April
2018
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(Michael P Wiper)