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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 17.872 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Political Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stephen Ansolabehere 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 17.872 Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy

    Spring 2004

    Course Highlights

    A full set of lecture notes and downloadable assignments (and associated data files) are available for this course.

    Course Description

    This course provides students with a rigorous introduction to Statistics for Political Science. Topics include basic mathematical tools used in social science modeling and statistics, probability theory, theory of estimation and inference, and statistical methods, especially differences of means and regression. The course is often taken by students outside of political science, especially those in business, urban studies, and various fields of public policy, such as public health. Examples draw heavily from political science, but some problems come from other areas, such as labor economics.

    Technical Requirements

    Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. The STATA® statistical package is required to view and run the .dta, .tex, .do, .gph files found on this course site.


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