STATISTICS

Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali STATISTICS

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DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE, SOCIALI E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE
EQF6
POLITICAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
2017/2018



OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 2
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2016
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
1080LESSONS
Objectives
THE COURSE FOCUSES ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE STATISTICAL TOOLS USEFUL FOR THE QUANTITATIVE STUDY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REAL PHENOMENA. PARTICULAR EMPHASIS WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE PROCEDURES USEFUL TO SUPPORT DECISIONS IN CONTEXTS WHERE LARGE AMOUNTS OF DATA, THEIR VARIABILITY AND UNCERTAINTY IMPLY A LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY UNMANAGEABLE USING OTHER TECHNIQUES.

KNOWLEDGE OF STATISTICAL METHODS AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC PHENOMENA, FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF RELATED DECISION MAKING PROCESSES.

ABILITY TO ANALYZE AND INTERPRET QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION, AND TO PRODUCE INDICATORS AND REPORTS SUPPORTING THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS (INCLUDING SUPRANATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS), NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS WORKING IN THE THIRD SECTOR AND PRIVATE COMPANIES.


AT THE END OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO FORMULATE CRITICAL JUDGMENTS ON HOW TO COLLECT DATA AND HOW TO PROCESS THE INFORMATION COLLECTED; EVALUATE THE VALIDITY, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL, OF THE CONCLUSIONS REACHED.

ABILITY TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION OF A QUANTITATIVE NATURE, EFFECTIVELY AND CLEARLY, BOTH IN ORAL AND WRITTEN FORM.
Prerequisites
IT IS REQUIRED A KNOWLEDGE OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ALGEBRA, AS PROVIDED BY THE PROGRAMS OF ALL TYPES OF UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL.
Contents
OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY OF STATISTICS. FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS AND GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS. ANALYSIS OF THE POSITION, THE VARIABILITY AND THE SHAPE OF A DISTRIBUTION. ASSOCIATION MEASURES: CONTINGENCY, CORRELATION AND REGRESSION. SURVEY OF DATA. PROBABILITY THEORY. DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION. RANDOM SAMPLES AND SAMPLING DISTRIBUTIONS. INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL INFERENCE. CONSTRUCTION OF CONFIDENCE INTERVALS. ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STATISTICAL HYPOTHESIS TESTING. OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR A TEST. TESTING THE COMPARISON OF PARAMETERS OF TWO POPULATIONS. TESTING THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN QUANTITATIVE VARIABLES: THE REGRESSION.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE CONSISTS OF 60 HOURS INCLUDING LECTURES AND EXERCISES.
Verification of learning
THE EXAMINATION IS WRITTEN AND ORAL AND COVERS THE MATERIAL OF THE COURSE. THE EVALUATION OF THE EXAMINATION RESULTS WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ARGUMENTATION CAPACITY, THE ACCURACY OF LANGUAGE AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE CRITICAL USE OF THE ACQUIRED STATISTICAL TOOLS, AS WELL AS KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER.
Texts
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

ALAN AGRESTI AND CHRISTINE A. FRANKLIN: STATISTICS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LEARNING FROM DATA, 3RD EDITION, PEARSON

MICHAEL SULLIVAN III - FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS, PEARSON
More Information
GIVEN THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISCIPLINE, AND ITS THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL APPROACH, THE ATTENDANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, ALTHOUGH NOT MANDATORY. STUDENTS WHO DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND CLASSES ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE SYLLABUS AND THE SCHEDULED TOPICS AND PROPERLY STUDY THE PROPOSED MATERIAL.
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