Statistical Conceptsand Methodsfor the Social Sciences STAT/SOC/CSSS 221 We introduce basic statistical reasoning with an emphasis on problems encountered in social science research. We explore the use of statistical tools to answer scientific research questions, as well as the pitfalls associated with the misuse of statistics. Students should leave ready for more advanced statistics courses, and better armed to evaluate quantitative claims made by social sciencists and in the media.

STAT/SOC/CSSS 221

Statistical Concepts
and Methods
for the Social Sciences

Offered quarterly at the
University of Washington
by various instructors

Winter 2012

Class meets:
MWF 9:30–10:20 am
Electrical Engineering
Building 105

 TAs: Esther Chang (Stat)Kara Sylvester (Stat)Mark Wine (Soc)

Section meets:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
BA: 8:30–9:20 am, MGH 242
BB: 9:30–10:20 am, MGH 254
BC: 8:30–9:20 am, SAV 139
BD: 9:30–10:20 am, SAV 264
BE: 8:30–9:20 am, MGH 254
BF: 9:30–10:20 am, SAV 139

Lectures           Click on lecture titles to view slides or the buttons to download them as PDFs.

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Midterm

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Final

Student Assignments

Due to your TA via email by 5 pm on Friday, January 6

Problem Set 1

Due Thursday, January 12 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 1.32, 1.38b, 1.45, and 2.33b, and choose one of problems 2.44 or 2.46 or 2.48 (Clearly indicate which problem you have chosen to answer). Show your work.

Problem Set 2

Due Thursday, January 19 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 4.29, 4.37, and 4.43. On problem 4.43, also answer part c.) Why did these predictions fail?   Show your work.

Problem Set 3

Due Thursday, January 26 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 6.20 through 6.24 inclusive, 6.25, 8.33, 8.44, and 9.28.

Problem Set 4

Due Thursday, February 9 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 10.41 througgh 10.43 inclusive, 10.46, 12.30 (but note that 12.30c. is extra credit, worth 0.25 pts), 12.32, and 12.40.

Extra Credit 2

Due Friday, February 10, by the beginning of class

[+1 pt.] This is a two part extra credit; completing each part will earn you +0.5 points on your final grade. To complete the first part of the assignment, you must send an email to your TA by Friday, February 10 at 9 am including the word HEIGHT (in all caps) in the title, and your own height in inches in the body of the message. (For example, my email might say that I am 73.5 inches tall.) If you would prefer not to reveal your own height, provide the height in inches of a randomly selected friend who has given you permission to do so. (You do not need to tell your TA if you gave your own height or someone else's.) The second part of the extra credit will be completed in class on Monday, February 13. You should come prepared to class with the height you sent to your TA via email, a pen, and a calculator to receive this extra credit.

Problem Set 5

Due Thursday, February 16 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 3.26, 3.34, 3.38, 11.26, and 11.28.

Problem Set 6

Due Thursday, February 23 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 14.22, 14.24, 15.31, 18.26, and 18.38b. For 18.38b, assume a t-test is appropriate.

Problem Set 7

Due Tuesday, March 6 at the beginning of quiz section

[5 pts.] From Moore (6th ed.), complete problems 23.30, 23.34, 24.1, 24.4, and 24.30.