Introduction courses Pre IPSA-Flacso Mexico Summer School 2018
(may 28 to 31)
Introduction to R
R is an open source programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This language is widely used in social sciences and its popularity has increased significantly in recent years. This introductory course will provide the elements to understand the programming language of R and its use in data analysis. Likewise, the participants will be taught how to install and configure the necessary software for statistical analysis and graphics generation. This course is suitable for people with little or non experience with R, but basic knowledge of statistical concepts is desirable
Introduction to Stata
Stata is an important statistical package that provides many facilities for data management. In addition, it is quick and easy to learn and has become one of the most reliable statistical software used by researchers in different areas. This course offers an introduction to the functions of this package, which includes the entry and manipulation of data, do-files and basic concepts of statistical analysis and graphics. This course is aimed for people who have little or non experience with Stata, but basic knowledge of statistical concepts is desirable.
Introduction to data visualization with R
Sebastián Garrido Sierra
Data visualization refers to a number of techniques used to communicate data or information by coding it as visual objects. This group of techniques allow the analysis of large data sets and its main objective is to display information clearly and efficiently. This course will provide an introduction to the methods, tools and processes involved in data visualization.
Survey analysis and sampling
Survey research is a fundamental area of the social sciences, with applications in different fields such as academia, the press and electoral campaigns. The course will introduce the principles related to probabilistic sampling techniques and the appropriate interpretation of the information obtained through sampling.
Basic math for social sciences
The concepts, notation and mathematical tools that serve as a basis for the most widespread modeling and information analysis techniques in the social sciences are introduced in this course. The concepts learned in this course will also serve as an introduction to Modern Regression Analysis and Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Data management/Social media analysis
Georgina Flores Ivich
Social media data has become a powerful source of information. In this course we will review a body of resources, methods and practical tools for social network analysis with R. Through the course we will use a number of R packages created specially for this purpose, such as Rfacebook, TwitteR and Social Media Lab, among others. The course is aimed at people who have knowledge about R programming language, although it is not a necessary requirement since, in the first part of this course, the basic elements for the understanding of this language will be provided.