Syllabus Fall 2011

Syllabus Fall 2011 - Institute for Policy Studies Johns...

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Institute for Policy Studies Johns Hopkins University 195.605 Statistical & Data Analysis for Policymaking I: Fall 2011 Professor Michael D. Giandrea Home email: mdgiandrea@comcast.net Work email: giandrea.michael@bls.gov Class Time: Wednesday, 5:15 to 7:45 Class Location: Hodson 210 This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence covering the core statistical techniques used in public policy analysis. It is targeted to graduate students with limited prior experience in statistics but a willingness to learn statistical concepts and an enthusiasm for policy analysis. The course will cover several techniques that can be put to use in describing data, estimating attributes of populations, and hypothesis testing. It will also cover several topics that will serve as building blocks for the techniques to be learned in the second semester when multiple regression analysis will be covered: random variables, the Normal distribution, the construction of confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Finally, the class will include problem sets to be done on the computer using Microsoft Excel and Stata. The aim of these exercises is to connect the concepts discussed in class with the tools of data analysis as it is conducted. The core of the course is the statistical concepts themselves, so classes will include extensive presentation and discussion of these concepts in their rudimentary form. Perhaps the best way to learn this material is by working through examples, which we will do in class together. You should therefore bring a calculator with you to each class in order to participate. In addition,
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course AS 195.605 taught by Professor G. during the Fall '11 term at Johns Hopkins.

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