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Seminar on Quantitative Analysis of Sociological Data with "R" in Tribhuvan University, NEPAL


INTRODUCTION

This program has taken over international exchanges which had started in the 21st Century COE Program 2003 - 2007. We plan to give open seminars in Tribhuvan University, as one of the way for academic exchange and offer opportunities to learn advanced methodology of researches for the graduate students of TU. Coordinating this seminar could have the graduate students cultivate the skills of international academic exchange by.

Expected participants of the seminar are graduate students and young researchers who have already set each study cases and subjects of research, and intends to master quantitative analysis (using the application software “R”). Specific themes are (1)research problem and its quantification, (2) data-collection, (3) description and visualization of data, (4) analysis and visualization of relationship and so on.

SCHEDULE

07.March.2009

  • Opening Ceremony
    • 09:30-10:30
  • Seminar I
    • 10:30-12:00
    • Quality or Quantity
      • Readings:1,2
  • Seminar II
    • 14:00-16:00
    • Sociological research problem and its quantification
      • 3,4

08.March.2009

  • Seminar III
    • 10:00-12:00
    • Statistics in Sociology
      • Readings: 5, 6
      • cross tabulation, correspondence analysis, data visualization with GIS, etc
  • Seminar IV
    • 14:00-16:00
    • Practice with ``R''
      • Readings: 7,8
      • analysis of sample data (8)

09.March.2009

  • Seminar V
    • 10:00-12:00
    • Practice with ``R''
      • analysis of sample data (ISSP, WVS, etc.)
  • Seminar VI
    • 14:00-16:00
    • Oral Presentations

COURSE MATERIALS

  • Hardy and Bryman, 2004, "Introduction: Common Threads among Techniques of Data Analysis," Hardy and Bryman, {\it Handbook of data analysis}, 1-13.
  • Tam, T., 2005, "Crushing the Berlin Wall of Sociology: A Review Essay on The Babel Tower of Ideas," {\it Taiwanese Sociology}, 9:215-240.
  • Ultee, W.C., 2001, "Problem Selection in the Social Sciences: Methodology", {\it International Encyclopedia of the Social \& Behavioral Sciences}, 18:12110-12117.
  • Raftery,A.E., 2001, "Statistics in sociology, 1950-2000," {\it Journal of the American Statistical Association}, 31:1-45.
  • Agresti,A. and Finlay, B., 2009, {\it Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences} (4th edition), chap1-3,8.
  • Venables, Smith and the R Development Team, 2008, {\it An Introdution to R}.
  • Central Bureau of Statistics(Nepal), 2004, {\it Nepal Living Standards Survey 2003/4 Statistical Report}, {\tt http://www.cbs.gov.np/}.

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. (Seminar I) How do you think about ``Quantitative analysis and ``Qualitative analysis? Are they useful to your research?
  2. (Seminar II)What is your research question? Try to formulate your question as an issue. Furthermore, break your own question down into subquestions (operationalization).
  3. (Seminar III)Pick up some variables from Nepal Living Standards Survey. Try to figure out a relationship between the variables and ecological zone (mosaicplot, correspondence analysis, map).
  4. (Seminar IV, V)Pick up some variables from ISSP or WVS. Try to figure out a relationship between the variables and ecological zone (mosaicplot, correspondence analysis, map).