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June 2017

James Robins, Harvard University

June 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 33-105 CHS Building, 650 Charles E Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The UCLA Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistics and the Center for Social Statistics presents: Causal Methods in Epidemiology: Where has it got us and what can we expect in the future? The principal focus of Dr. Robins’ research has been the development of analytic methods appropriate for drawing causal inferences from complex observational and randomized studies with time-varying exposures or treatments. The new methods are to a large extent based on the estimation of the parameters of a new class…

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Fragile Families Challenge: Getting Started Workshop

June 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Instructor: Ian Lundberg, Ph.D. Student, Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University   Abstract: The Fragile Families Challenge is a scientific mass collaboration that combines predictive modeling, causal inference, and in-depth interviews in order to learn more about the lives of disadvantaged children. Fragile Families Challenge builds on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study that has been running for about 20 years. The Fragile Families research team has been following about 5,000 families—collecting information about them and their environment at regular…

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May 2017

Shahryar Minhas, Duke University

May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Predicting the Evolution of Intrastate Conflict: Evidence from Nigeria The endogenous nature of civil conflict has limited scholars' abilities to draw clear inferences about the drivers of conflict evolution. We argue that three primary features characterize the complexity of intrastate conflict: (1) the interdependent relationships of conflict between actors; (2) the impact of armed groups on violence as they enter or exit the conflict network; and (3) the ability of civilians to influence the…

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Analysis of Complex Surveys using R and Stata

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Instructors: Michael Tzen, CCPR UCLA Andy Lin, IDRE UCLA   Abstract: In this workshop, attendees will learn how to analyze survey data while accounting for its complex survey design. Using both the R and Stata software packages, we will demonstrate how to specify the survey design, impute any missing data, and analyze the survey outcomes of interest. We will discuss how our downstream "analysis" steps are related to initial operational "design" choices made by the survey data provider.   Note:…

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April 2017

West Coast Experiments Conference, UCLA 2017

April 23, 2017 - April 25, 2017
UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States + Google Map

The Center for Social Statistics Presents: West Coast Experiments Conference, UCLA 2017 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-coast-experiments-2017-ucla-tickets-32968584925 The tenth annual West Coast Experiments Conference will be held at UCLA on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 2017, preceded by in-depth methods training workshops on Sunday, April 23. The WCE is an annual conference that brings together leading scholars and graduate students in economics, political science and other social sciences who share an interest in causal identification broadly speaking. Now in its tenth year,…

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October 2016

So You Want to Be a Researcher? Principles and Practical Data Tools to Help You Fly Transparently

October 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Instructor: Michael Tzen, CCPR UCLA PLEASE BRING A PERSONAL LAPTOP Abstract: Researchers go through fundamental steps in a data analysis project. This workshop highlights key steps in a data analyst's workflow and encourages transparency in each of the steps. Throughout this workshop, we go through hands on exercises that integrate: a transparency engine, obtaining federal API data, producing useful intermediate data structures, and sharing analysis results. We will use Jupyter notebook for literate coding…

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May 2016

Ilan H. Meyer & Mark S. Handcock, UCLA

May 27, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Innovative Sampling Approaches for Hard to Reach Populations: Design of a National Probability Study of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender Peoples and  Network Sampling of Hard to Reach Populations Speakers: Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute Mark S. Handcock, Professor of Statistics at UCLA and Director of the Center for Social Statistics Description: Come for the exciting seminar then stay for the free lunch and…

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April 2016

Practical GIS for Demography

April 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, 4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Instructor: Michael Tzen, CCPR UCLA VIEW PODCAST HERE! PLEASE BRING A PERSONAL LAPTOP We will provide all the software tools (no installation needed) Abstract: Geographically referenced data sets are becoming increasingly common. In spatial analysis of demographic data, three common spatial indices are used: points, lines, and polygons. Through interspersed hands on exercises, we will: obtain, shape, and visualize demographic data over space. We will briefly discuss the motivation for incorporating geographic association into…

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March 2016

Rick Dale, University of California, Merced

March 31, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Quantifying the dynamics of multimodal communication with multimodal data Abstract: Human communication is built upon an array of signals, from body movement to word selection. The sciences of language and communication tend to study these signals individually. However, natural human communication uses all these signals together simultaneously, and in complex social systems of various sizes. It is an open puzzle to uncover how this multimodal communication is structured in time and organized at different…

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Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St Louis

March 29, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Center for Social Statistics Presents: Electronic Homestyle: Tweeting Ideology Abstract: Ideal points are central to the study of political partisanship and an essential component to our understanding of legislative and electoral behavior. We employ automated text analysis on tweets from Members of Congress to estimate their ideal points using Naive Bayes classification and Support Vector Machine classification. We extend these tools to estimate the proportion of partisan speech used in each legislator's tweets. We demonstrate an association between these measurements,…

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