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Quantitative Methods - JMMZ034
Anglický název: Quantitative Methods
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2014
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:písemná
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/2 Zk [hodiny/semestr]
Počet míst: neomezen / neomezen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Vysvětlení: The course is taught at UCL!!!
Další informace: http://www.imess.eu/_downloads/_pdfs/Quantitative%20Methods.pdf
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Garant: Allan Sikk, PhD.
Vyučující: Allan Sikk, PhD.
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)

This graduate course assumes no prior knowledge of statistics or knowledge of mathematics beyond
GCSE (or equivalent)-level. It provides a basic introduction to statistics essential for multi-disciplinary
study. The emphasis is on elements of statistical thinking and insight is drawn from simple data and
concepts rather than complex derivations and formulae. The course presents quantitative methods as
an essential intellectual method appropriate for study alongside other approaches to social sciences.
The course is oriented towards making practical use of simple statistical methods and is focused
particularly on interpretation of the results. The second half of the course, introduces students to
regression analysis and so prepares them for more advanced courses in quantitative methods and
econometrics. By the end of the course students all students will be able to produce and interpret
empirical results using real world data. The course uses the STATA software package.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)


1. To understand statistical thinking as a fundamental intellectual method.

2. To introduce statistical ideas and statistical reasoning that is relevant to students of social

sciences and humanities.

3. To provide a foundation in basic statistical techniques and principles.

4. To prepare students for the spring term course in Advanced Quantitative Methods.

5. To introduce students to the STATA software package.


By the end of the course, students will:

1. Be aware of different types of data and understand issues relating to methods and errors of

sampling, and other biases in data.

2. Have gained practical skills of presenting and interpreting quantitative data such as descriptive

statistics, measures of central tendency, statistical inference, and measures of association.

3. Have a basic understanding of the principles and limitations of linear regression.

4. Be able to access a greater range of literature utilising quantitative approaches.

5. Be prepared to use Stata for basic data analysis, and for creating tables and graphs.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)

Core Reading


? Wright, Daniel B. (2002). First Steps in Statistics. Sage.


? Hamilton, Lawrence C. (2006). Statistics with Stata.

? Moore, David S. (2001). Statistics: Concepts and Controversies. W. H. Freeman and Company

? Stark, Philip B. SticiGui: Statistics Tools for Internet and Classroom Instruction with a Graphical

User Interface, Department of Statistics University of California, Berkeley


? Taagepera, Rein (2007). 'Predictive versus postdictive models', European Political Science 6: 114-



? Agresti, Alan & Finlay, Barbara (1997). Statistical methods for the social sciences. 3rd ed. Upper

Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall.

It is strongly recommended that students read the assigned chapters before attending

the lecture!

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)

Teaching & Learning Methods (Number of Hours): 200 hours total

Lectures/Classes 10 hours

Lab sessions: 13.5 hours

Private reading, coursework, exam preparation, exam: 176.5 hours

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)


50% two project assignments (one due after reading week, one due start of second term)

50% two-hour written exam in the final week of term

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: VYKOUKAL (25.09.2008)

Topics Reading


1 Data sources, collection and visualisation

Data sources, sampling, selection bias.

Qualitative and quantitative data.

Bar charts, line charts and pie charts.

Avoiding the misuse of statistics.

Ch 2, 4

2 Simple descriptive statistics

Contingency tables, Frequency table and histogram.

Central tendency: mean, median, mode.

The spread of data: range, quartiles, variance and standard deviation.

Ch 1-3

3 Distribution and inference

Beyond central tendency and spread: skewness, kurtosis, the normal curve.

Normal distribution. Visualizing distributions.

Ch 5

4 Associating two variables

Ordinal and categorical data: contingency tables, chi-square.

Continuous data: scatterplots, correlation.

Ch 8, 10

5 Statistical significance

Confidence interval of mean.

Statistical significance, hypothesis testing.

Ch 6

6 Comparing two groups

Within group T test

Between groups T-tests

Ch 6

7 Comparing more than two groups

Analysis of variance

Ch 7

8 Linear regression

Linear equation, slope and intercept.

Bivariate regression.

Ch 8

9 Linear regression

OLS and R2.

Data considerations.

Multivariate regression, model specification.

Variants of regression analysis.

10 Written examination

Review session

A 2-hour written examination

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