Data Analysis for Social Scientists 

Source – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a course ‘Data Analysis for Social Scientists’ to help learn methods of harnessing and analyzing data to answer questions of cultural, social, economic, and policy interest.

What’s in it for you? 
  1. This statistics and data analysis course will introduce you to the essential notions of probability and statistics.
  2. Cover techniques in modern data analysis: estimation, regression and econometrics, prediction, experimental design, randomized control trials (and A/B testing), machine learning, and data visualization.  
  3. Illustrate these concepts with applications drawn from real-world examples and frontier research. 
  4. Provide instruction for how to use the statistical package R and opportunities for students to perform self-directed empirical analyses.

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to work with data and communicate data-driven findings effectively. 

What will you learn?
  • Intuition behind probability and statistical analysis
  • How to summarize and describe data
  • A basic understanding of various methods of evaluating social programs
  • How to present results in a compelling and truthful way
  • Skills and tools for using R for data analysis.
Logistical Details 

Start Date – September 12, 2023 

Timeline – Estimated 11 weeks 

Effort – 12-14 hours per week 

Price – $100 -$ 1000 (Financial assistance available) 

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