# Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences I

### Instructor

Alan Agresti, Department of Statistics
### Office Hours

204 Griffin-Floyd Hall: Tuesday & Thursday,
1:45-3:15 pm, or by appointment
### Contact Information

Phone number: (352) 273-2981, e-mail aa@stat.ufl.edu

### Teaching Assistant

Eugenia Buta, 218 Griffin-Floyd, e-mail
ebuta@stat.ufl.edu, office hours Wednesday and Friday, 1:45 to 3:45
pm, or by appointment.
### Lecture Notes

### Data for exercises using software:

Some of the large data
sets from the text are available in Datasets.

### SPSS data file for crime data for exercise 9.25:

Statewide crime.

### SPSS data file for Zagat Boston Italian restaurant ratings
for exercise 9.38:

Zagat Boston data.

### Useful links about software

When we cover computationally complex methods in the second half of
the course, I'll show examples in class of the use of statistical
software (SPSS) for the analyses. Students are encouraged to become
familiar with the use of a software package, which is used more
extensively in follow-up courses such as STA 6127. SPSS and SAS are
available at many computing labs on campus, and your department
probably has some software on its machines. Some versions of
software are available to UF students and faculty (often for
one-year licences)
through software at UF.
### SPSS:

A student version of SPSS is available but does not
handle some advanced methods covered in STA 6127 (such as logistic
regression) which are available in the more expensive version that
sells for about $200. You can get SPSS for your home PC with a
one-year license through
SPSS licensing at UF.
When getting started, it can be helpful to use a primer such as "SPSS
for Windows Step by Step" by D. George and P. Mallery.
Instructions for reading data files into
SPSS and doing regression analyses (Thanks to Brian Gridley, a former
graduate student in the Political Science Department at UF, for this
document, which was a class project in STA 6127).

### SAS:

You can get SAS for your home PC with a one-year
license through SAS
licensing at UF.
The CIRCA handout "SAS for
Windows" is useful for getting started. It can also be helpful to
use a primer such as "The Little SAS Book: A Primer" by L. Delwiche
and S. Slaughter or "SAS System for Elementary Statistical Analysis
(2nd edition)" by S. Schlotzhauer and R. Littell.

### R:

This is free software, popular among statisticians
because of its power and flexibility but harder to learn to use. For
useful information and links,
see links
from Dr. Brett Presnell.

### Exams

### Exam 1 Formula page (PDF file; this
page will appear at the end of exam 1)

### Exam 2 Formula page (PDF file; this
page will appear at the end of exam 2)

### Exam 3 Formula page (PDF file; this
page will appear at the end of exam 3)