This is an applied course for social scientists with little-to-no programming experience who wish to harness growing digital and computational resources. The focus of the course is on generating reproducible research through the use of programming languages and version control software. Major emphasis is placed on a pragmatic understanding of core principles of programming and packaged implementations of methods. Students will leave the course with basic computational skills implemented through many computational methods and approaches to social science; while students will not become expert programmers, they will gain the knowledge of how to adapt and expand these skills as they are presented with new questions, methods, and data.
By the end of the course, students will:
tidyversepackages (e.g. loops, conditional statements, user-defined functions)
Benjamin Soltoff is Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science & the College, as well as the Associate Director of the Masters in Computational Social Science program at the University of Chicago. He is a political scientist with concentrations in American government, political methodology, and law and courts. Additionally, he has training and experience in data science, big data analytics, and policy evaluation. He currently teaches courses in social scientific research design, computational modeling, data science, math/statistics, and data visualization.