Conducting good research requires careful design and analysis, but much of the research we consume from media and political outlets often presents spurious correlations as causal relationships. What do we need to do and why to rule out spuriousness? The focus will be on using our intuition about what information we would need to properly answer questions about social life. We will find that apparently complicated statistical tests are simply following the same logic necessary to reach conclusions about social science’s most interesting questions.
- This course is offered as part of the Summer Intensive in Technology & Innovation, and qualifies toward the Certificate of Completion in Technology & Innovation.