SOC 385L • SOCL STAT: LIN MOD/STRC EQ SYS
This course is intended to give students a solid grounding in multivariate data analysis, especially various types of multiple regression. Additional topics will include the analysis of categorical data, factor analysis, structural equations, multilevel models, and time series. The main emphasis will be on applications to real data and the interpretation of results. Students should have previously taken Sociology 384L (Social Statistics: Basic Concepts and Methods) or an equivalent course. The text will be Using Multivariate Statistics, by Barbara G. Tabachnick and Linda S. Fidell (fifth edition, 2007, Pearson). Please read the assigned chapters before coming to class. Examples in this text use SPSS and SAS but students will be expected to work with Stata. Many examples will be provided in Stata; instruction in Stata will be included in both the classes and the labs. A major component of the course will be a case study in which students will replicate a published analysis. The paper selected for this purpose is "Women's Changing Attitudes Toward Divorce, 1974-2002: Evidence for an Educational Crossover," by Steven P Martin and Sangeeta Parashar (Journal of Marriage and the Family 60: 29-40, February 2006). In a series of lab assignments, students will replicate virtually all analyses, tables and figures in the paper, and also apply alternative methods and models.