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Term 2 Week 1

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the principle of statistical inference
  • Understand the meaning of significance levels
  • Understand the meaning of alpha and beta errors
  • Develop an awareness of the misuse and abuse of data in the media


  • Homework week 11: Read the required literature (see below)
  • Required reading week 11:
    • Agresti, A. and B. Finlay (2008) Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Chapter 5 and 6
    • Lomax, Richard G. and Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn. 2012. An Introduction to Statistical Concepts, 3rd edition. Routledge. Sections 6.1. - 6.4.
    • Kellstedt, Paul M. and Guy D. Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, 2nd edition. Cmbridge University Press. Chapter 6 and 7


  • Homework week 11:
    • Read the required literature (see below)
    • Find one newspaper article which manipulates numbers to its advantages, and prepare to give a short presentation.
  • Required reading week 11:
    • Blastland, Michael and Andrew Dilnot (2007) The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers, London: Profile.