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1 Research Technology Consulting Simo Goshev Alex Storer Steve Worthington Ista Zahn

2 Consulting Goals  Data analysis support and programming services  Research project planning and guidance selecting appropriate technology for research projects  Facilitating appropriate organization, storage and sharing of data  Training on the use of both established software packages and emerging tools

3 Scope  Free!  Support the entire social science community  Consults measured in hours rather than weeks or months  Currently doing outreach to departments, student groups and centers  Drop-ins on Fridays at 1pm in the training lab, Appointments, Help Tickets and casual chats in K306

4 ScopeWho We Are

5 Alex Storer  BS,BA - UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Cognitive Science  PhD – Boston University Cognitive & Neural Systems Analysis: Machine Learning Signal Processing Surface Based Techniques Simulation Optimization Tools: Matlab, R, Python Emacs, LaTeX, Linux

6 Steve Worthington  BA / MS – Durham, UK Anthropology & Archeology  PhD – NYU Biological Anthropology Analysis: Linear models (OLS, GLS, PLS, etc.) Resampling (permutation, bootstrap) Ordination (PCA, LDA, CVA, etc.) Tools: Mainly R Some SAS, SPSS Aquamacs

7 Choropleth Maps Pop SodaCoke Other

8 Map Workflow Merge by spatial ID Attribute data Map Spatial data  State, county, or zipcode level data on any topic.  Shapefiles, ArcGIS files, etc.  e.g., state or county name.

9 ICPSR example workflow Long data frame ICPSR Attribute data Create Map using R USA Spatial data  ICPSR county level data  Unemployment rate, Crime rate, Federal spending etc.

10 Cleaning / Merging data Long data frame Attribute data Create Map using R Spatial data  ICPSR county level data  Unemployment rate, Crime rate, Federal spending etc.

11 Cleaning / Merging data Long data frame Attribute data Create Map using R Spatial data  ICPSR county level data  Unemployment rate, Crime rate, Federal spending etc.

12 Unemployment Rate 2005 (annual average estimate)

13 1.9% 20.9%

14 Unemployment Rate 2005 (annual average estimate) 1.9% 20.9%

15 Unemployment Rate 2005 (annual average estimate) 1.9%20.9%

16 Unemployment Rate 2005 (annual average estimate) 1.9%20.9%

17 Crime Rate 2004 (annual average per 100K people)

18 Simo Goshev  BA – Sofia, Bulgaria Applied Econometrics  MS – McMaster University Statistics  PhD – McMaster University Economics Analysis: Econometrics Applied Microeconometrics Panel Data Applied statistics Tools: Mainly Stata Some R

19 Help with econometrics and/or Stata  How do I bootstrap estimates from survey data?  Stata does not support weighting for the type of graph I want to create. Can you help?  I want to study the factors underpinning scholar migration. What identification strategies would you suggest?  I have two datasets and I want to merge them. However, there are not unique case ID’s in either. What would you recommend?  I have a large and highly sensitive dataset stored in a SQL database. Can you help me access the database directly from within Stata?

20 Help with computation/estimation  I am trying to estimate a model but for some reason the routine fails. Could you have a look at my script ?  I am working with a large dataset and my machine is giving up on me. Do you have any suggestions?  Which estimation method is best for…?

21 Re-normalized Multinomial Logit  Common normalization in multinomial logit Patron: Doctoral Student, Department of Economics Goal: Estimate multinomial logit model with non-standard normalization

22  But what if different normalization is needed?

23 Ista Zahn  BS – University of Oregon Psychology  PhD (ABD) – University of Rochester Social Psychology Analysis: Regression Mixed Models Scale Development Tools: R, Stata, SAS, SPSS Emacs, LaTeX, Linux

24 Workshops (schedule at )

25 Other Workshops

26 IQSS Services THE INSTITUTE FOR Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University

27 Contact Us! CGIS-Knafel, Room K306 Fridays afternoons, K018


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