Quantitative Research Methodology
All models are wrong, some are useful

(Gov 2000, Graduate, Fall 2016)

How can we detect voting irregularities? What causes individuals to vote? In what sense (if any) does democracy (or trade) reduce the probability of war? Quantitative political scientists address these questions and many others by using and developing statistical methods that are informed by theories in political science and the social sciences more generally. In this course, we provide an introduction to the tools used in basic quantitative social science research. The first four weeks of the course cover introductory univariate statistics, while the remainder of the course focuses on linear regression models. Furthermore, the principles learned in this course provide a foundation for the future study of more advanced topics in quantitative political methodology.

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