CSSCR Newsletter, Spring 2017, Number II

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CSSCR Spring 2017, Number II


From the Director

Changes are coming to CSSCR. This summer, I'll be leaving CSSCR after four years as director to take a new role as the director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS). It has been a great privilege to work with the outstanding people at CSSCR. Carol, Jeff and Tina are the heart of center, and keep it running smoothly and professionally, and they have been great partners in finding better ways to serve our member departments and the larger UW community. Our consulting center is staffed by graduate students from across the social sciences with serious analytical chops. Interacting with a large group of bright, talented graduate students on an almost daily basis has been deeply rewarding.

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Jerry Herting will serve as acting director of CSSCR next year. Jerry is just finishing up his position as chair of the Sociology Department. One of Jerry's unique qualifications for this role is that he made good use of CSSCR while an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Washington. CSSCR is extremely fortunate to have him step into the role of director.

This newsletter has our second round of Spring short courses. Registration is open and free to anyone in the UW community. Please let your colleagues, staff, and students know by sharing this newsletter. Individuals can subscribe to the newsletter here, and our newsletter archive is found here.

If you haven't made lab reservations for your summer course, please do so soon. With the Autumn schedule going live this week, now is a good time to reserve labs for Autumn. You can verify your lab reservations and check for space availability on our online calendar. Give us a call (206-543-8110) or drop us an email at csscr@u.washington.edu. The labs can be reserved by faculty in our member departments. Students and student groups are welcomed to reserve the labs for workshops, experiments, group projects, etc.

-- Darryl Holman


Short Course Offerings

Using the American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates

Description:

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) is a great source for detailed population and household characteristics, giving estimates and margins of error (MOE) for many aspects of the American population. However, sometimes users must blend ACS results in order to arrive at the exact measure needed. In this class we will explore some Excel-based templates containing several "calculators" that let users enter the published ACS estimates and MOEs to assess the precision of individual estimates, to compare pairs of estimates for their statistical differences and to calculate the MOEs and Standard Errors (SEs) for summing/subtracting, proportion and ratios of estimates. A variety of means for accessing ACS data will be also introduced.


Instructor: Tina Tian, CSSCR Data Specialist
Date: Thursday, 11 May 2017
Time: 9:30am - 10:20am Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Data Wrangling in R

Description:

This course will cover some of R's useful tools for data management and exploration. Most of class will be devoted to learning Hadley Wickham's excellent tidyr and dplyr packages. Attendees will be assumed to have basic familiarity with R.


Instructor: Stephanie Lee, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Thursday, 11 May 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 4:20pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to R with RStudio

Description:

This class will teach you how to get started with R using the free integrated development environment called Rstudio. The course will cover the basic organization of R and RStudio, where to find good help references, and how to begin a basic analysis. This class is ideal for users who have little or no experience with R.


Instructor: Yunkang Yang, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Friday, 12 May 2017
Time: 9:30am - 10:20am Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Handling Datasets in SPSS

Description:

This courses introduces techniques for reading, navigating, merging, and manipulating datasets in SPSS. Additional topics include computing and recoding variables, selecting and filtering cases, and reshaping data.


Instructor: Gabby Gorsky, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Friday 12 May 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 4:20pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to R with RStudio

Description:

This class will teach you how to get started with R using the free integrated development environment called RStudio. The course will cover the basic organization of R and Rstudio, where to find good help references, and how to begin a basic analysis. This class is ideal for users who have little or no experience with R.


Instructor: Nathan Abe, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, 15 May 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 7:50pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to GIS

Description:

This course will provide students with a broad overview of what geographic information systems (GISs) are and how social scientists can benefit from using them in their research. Students will explore basic GIS concepts through hands-on exercises using ArcGIS, a widely used GIS software package, as well as freely available data sets.


Instructor: Will Brown, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Time: 9:00am-9:50am Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to Qualitative Research and ATLAS.ti

Description:

This course provides a brief, practical introduction to working in ATLAS.ti, covering basic terminology and functionality of the program. This will include importing text documents, coding and annotating documents, and exploring relationships through analysis and query tools. Time permitting, we may also briefly discuss best practices for data management.

Instructor: Baishakhi Basu, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Time: 5:30pm to 6:20pm
Place: Savery 121
Register

Data Wrangling in R

Description:

This course will cover some of R's useful tools for data management and exploration. Most of class will be devoted to learning Hadley Wickham's excellent tidyr and dplyr packages. Attendees will be assumed to have basic familiarity with R.


Instructor: Carolina Johnson, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Monday, 22 May 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 2:50pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Data Wrangling in Stata

Description:

This course will introduce you to data manipulation in Stata, including merging, reshaping, and recoding your data. It will also teach you how to generate and/or replace variables by group.


Instructor: Laine Rutledge, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Time: 10:00am - 10:50am
Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to SAS

Description:

This introductory class will cover basic features and some data cleaning and recoding of variables in SAS. The topics include: an overview of the SAS system; how to read/enter data, modify, explore and manage data; and some basic data recoding and variable creation.


Instructor: Nikki Gurley, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 4:30pm to 5:20pm
Place: Savery 121
Register

To register for the above classes, follow this link.

New Data at CSSCR

  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Summary File estimates for Washington State
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Summary File estimates for US
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for Washington State
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for US

CSSCR maintains the UW membership in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). All members of the UW community have direct access to ICPSR's data archive of over 9,900 studies. Please contact us if you have questions or need more information about using this resource for accessing data or adding your data to the ICPSR repository. ICPSR new data releases and other news can be found here.


The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) is an interdepartmental computer center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. CSSCR provides facilities and consulting support for computing activity related to teaching and research at the University.

Hours of Operation

Spring Quarter

Consulting and Computers are available Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 9:00pm, Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Office: Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
We are closed weekends and for university holidays

Contact Us

Center for Social Science Computation & Research
University of Washington
110 Savery Hall
Box 353345
Seattle, Washington 98195 U.S.A.
(206) 543-8110
csscr@u.washington.edu
http://csscr.washington.edu
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to Darryl Holman at CSSCR so we may discuss the accommodations you might need for class.