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1 Research Methods II SYA 6306 Spring 2005 Dr. Richard Tardanico http://www.fiu.edu/~tardanic Getting in touch Richard.Tardanico@fiu.edu Tel: 305/348-2247 Office hours: Wednesdays, 12:30am-1:30pm; or by appointment Course web site: http://www.fiu.edu/~tardanic Web resources for learning Stata-9 : http://www.ats.ucla/edu/stat/seminars http://www.ats.ucla/edu/stat/ What it’s about This course explores how to analyze social and policy data by means of multiple regression—a statistical method for examining how an outcome variable depends on several explanatory variables—which is a basic tool for quantitative social and policy research. The course’s prerequisite is SYA 6305 (Research Methods I) or an equivalent course. While this course focuses on quantitative data analysis, throughout the semester we will discuss the pro’s and con’s of quantitative versus qualitative research methods (see the various questions posed at the end of this syllabus). As Einstein said, “Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted." Required books The required books are: Mendenhall & Sincich, A Second Course in Statistics: Regression Analysis , 6 th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2003); Allison, Multiple Regression: A Primer (Pine Forge, 1999); Pampel, Logistic Regression: A Primer (Pine Forge, 2000); Long & Freese, Regression Models for Categorical Dependent Variables Using Stata ; and King et al., Designing Social Inquiry . There will also be readings from articles and from the following books: Ragin, Constructing Social Research ; Moore & McCabe, Introduction to the Practice of Statistics ; and Agresti & Finlay, Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences. Recommended is Hamilton, Statistics with Stata – Updated for Version 9 . Required software The previous semester’s materials presented an introduction to Stata, the statistical software program that will be integral to this course. For a comparison of Stata, SPSS, and SAS, see the following report: www.ats. ucla .edu/stat/ stata /faq/compare_packages.htm
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2 Students will be expected to have routine access to a professional version of Stata-9 . We will continue to cover the basics of using Stata via material located on the course web site: http://www.fiu.edu/~tardanic We will also learn how to use the program via the superb free, downloadable resources for learning Stata (as well as SPSS, SAS, and other statistical programs) that are available at the following web sites of UCLA-Academic Technology Services: http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/ http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/seminars/ http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/webbooks/reg/chapter1/statareg1.htm See the modules Learning Stata I & II and Training Videos for Stata. Other excellent resources are Hamilton,
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