Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:15-1:45pm
Location: Silsby 215
Title: "Blocking Reduces, if not Removes, Attrition Bias"
Seminar with Kentaro Fukumoto, Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Gakushuin University, Japan, and Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis.
If a unit is compromised (e.g. missing, non-compliance) in experimental data with blocking, some scholars recommend deleting the other units in the same block, saying this leads to unbiased estimates. Others, however, criticize the blockwise deletion, arguing that it can result in biased estimates if the compromising mechanism is not independent of the potential outcomes. This paper arbitrates this controversy by exact calculation of the simplest case and simulation.
Thursday, April 23, 2015, noon-1:30pm
Seminar with Deborah Beim, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University.
Dr. Beim studies American politics in general and judicial politics in particular, with a focus on interactions between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals.
Thursday, May 28, noon-1:30pm
Seminar with Jacob Montgomery, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Montgomery studies American institutions (parties, Congress), statistical methods, political psychology, political participation, formal and computational modeling.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:30-2pm CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER/TRAVEL COMPLICATIONS
Location: Silsby 119
Title: "Are Surveys & Polls Passé'? Finding Our Way Along the New Big Frontier"
Seminar with Michael Link, Ph.D., SVP Measurement Science Institute, Nielsen & President, American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).
Are we in the midst of a paradigm shift in the way we conceptualize, collect and analyze data on opinions, attitudes and behaviors? As surveys and polls face increasing problems, researchers are exploring new alternatives leveraging social media and other forms of "Big Data" to gain insights into attitudes and behaviors. The seminar will explore opportunities and challenges along this road and explore where it may be leading.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, noon-1:30pm
Location: Silsby 119
Title: "Modeling the History of the American Judiciary"
Seminar with Allen Riddell, a William H. Neukom 1964 Fellow at Dartmouth College, who received his PhD in the Program in Literature at Duke University.
This presentation explores how probabilistic models of text can be used to address longstanding questions about the relationship between the circuit courts and the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:30-2pm
Location: Silsby 119
Title: "Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters"
Seminar with Eitan Hersh, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University, who received his PhD from Harvard.
This presentation will show that the strategies political campaigns use to interact with voters are a result of the policy environment in which campaigns operate. Public policies about the collection and distribution of personal data affect campaign strategy and voter behavior.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 9-10am
Location: Silsby 113
First-Year-Orientation Open House: Mathematics and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the use of statistics and computing in the social sciences. Students who want to combine interests in a social science field with courses that emphasize technical skills--with particular emphasis on data analysis and computation--should stop by to learn about this program and its plans for the future.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 2-4pm
Location: Leverone Field House
Orientation Information Expo: First-year students are invited to bring their parents and families to the very popular Expo where you can explore many different aspects of the College by stopping at the various tables and speaking with the representatives there. Do come by and learn more about the Mathematics and Social Sciences Program, and all that it can offer you in your studies!
Last Updated: 1/29/15