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Term 1 Week 4

Learning objectives week 4:

  • understand what reliability and validity of data are
  • understand basic descriptive statistics of single variables
  • understand the process of standardisation of variables
  • learn how to enter data, and good practice in data set building

Lecture (Validity, Reliability and Exploration of Single Variables):

  • Homework week 4:
    • Read at least one of the items from the list of required reading.
  • Required reading week 4:
    • Agresti, A. and B. Finlay (2008) Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Chapter 3.2.-3.4
    • Bryman, A. (2008) Social Research Methods, 4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 168-174
    • Diamond, Ian and Jefferies, Julie. 2000. Beginning Statistics: An Introduction for Social Scientists. Sage. Chapters 4 and 5
    • Lomax, Richard G. and Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn. 2012. An Introduction to Statistical Concepts, 3rd edition. Routledge. Chapter 3

Seminar (Building our Data Set):

  • Homework week 4:
    • Read the required literature below.
  • Required reading week 4:
    • Acock, Alan C. 2014. A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Fourth Edition, Stata Press. Chapter 4.


Recommended reading for week 4:

  • Brians, Craig L., Lars Wilnat, Jarol B. Manheim and Richard C. Rich. 2010. Empirical Political Analysis. Pearson. Chapter 16
  • Hamilton, Lawrence. 2008. Statistics with Stata - International Edition. Stata Press