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This is an archive of our past training offerings. We are looking to include workshops on topics not yet covered here. Is there something not currently on the list? Send us a proposal.

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May 26, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Author:
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana

This workshop series will introduce attendees to the reason for using a qualitative data analysis package for the coding and analysis process.  We will begin by discussing the distinction between coding and analysis, the benefits of using a QDA package, and then view a brief demonstration of a specific program.

Workshop: Stata Intensive
May 26, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Author:
Garret Christensen

This 3-part Stata workshop will take place in a teaching computer lab environment, using publicly available data replicating a published economics paper. 

DAY ONE will cover:

May 18, 2015 to May 22, 2015
Author:
Dav Clark, Dillon Niederhut

Get an orientation to the basics of working with social science data in python. We'll start from the ground up, from the basics of naming variables, making decisions, and repeating operations.

May 8, 2015
Author:
Falk Schuetzenmeister

This workshop will provide an introduction to spatial databases using PostGIS, an extension to PostgreSQL, a free and open source database management system. Topics to be covered include installing PostGIS, creating a spatial database, importing spatial data, and querying spatial data.  Some knowledge of PostgreSQL is recommended but not required.

May 7, 2015
Author:
Hannah Laqueur

Come take a break from your end of the semester work and enjoy coffee, cookies, and nibbles at the D-lab! We will be hosting a study break on Thursday, May 7 from 3pm to 5pm. This is a great chance to learn about what will be happening at the D-Lab over the summer and to provide us with your ideas of what we should offer in the fall. Please register to make sure we have enough snacks.

May 7, 2015
Author:
Dillon Niederhut, Juan Shishido

The microblogging platform Twitter has become a popular tool both for the analysis of social data (relationship networks, information transmission, linguistic changes) and creating conversations around social issues.

May 7, 2015
Author:
Falk Schuetzenmeister

This workshop will provide an introduction to relational databases and SQL using PostgreSQL, a free and open source database. We will cover the basics of installing postgresql on a Windows PC, Mac, or linux computer, creating a new database and database tables, and querying and managing the databases with SQL. 

Workshop: Weighting
May 6, 2015
Author:
Thomas L. Piazza

This workshop will cover the main types of weighting, to correct for bias in sample data. These types of weights are designed to compensate for different selection probabilities, to correct for non-response, and to post-stratify data to match the demographic distributions found in census data or other criterion distributions.

May 5, 2015

The D-Lab is hosting an orientation where graduate students interested in working at the D-Lab can come and learn more about the D-Lab, open positions, and the D-Lab Culture. Join past and current D-Lab grad students for 30 minutes of introduction and 30 minutes of Q&A.

May 4, 2015
Author:
Thomas L. Piazza

This workshop will cover the basic principles and methods of sampling.  Topics will include a discussion of the various types of samples,  the creation of sampling frames, the use of stratification, and basic methods of selecting samples.  Determining an appropriate sample size will also be discussed.

May 1, 2015
Author:
Patty Frontiera

Come join us at an open-door, OpenStreetMap event to help digitize building footprint records to assist in the Nepal earthquake recovery efforts.  OSM tasking manager is a crowd-mapping tool funded by US-AID, the World Bank, AusAID, and others.

April 30, 2015
Author:
Patty Frontiera

**Note: This workshop was rescheduled from Tuesday, April, 21 to Thursday April 30, 2015 **

Workshop: Advanced Stata
April 29, 2015
Author:
Garret Christensen

This 3-hour Stata workshop is designed for people who have already taken D-Lab's 'Beginning Stata' and 'Intermediate Stata' workshops or have significant previous experience with Stata. Students will review regression analysis, and basic regression output, and discuss two major topics: 

April 27, 2015
Author:
Erin LeDell

Ensemble machine learning methods combine the power of several different algorithms into a single algorithm with the aim of achieving higher predictive power than any of the constituent algorithms.  Practitioners may prefer ensemble algorithms when model performance is valued above other factors such as model complexity andtraining time.  In this talk, an overview of ensemble learning and ensem

April 27, 2015
Author:
Mark Huberty

Google is synonymous with big data and the computational and statistical tools that make it possible. What role can, and do, social scientists play? Drawing on examples from quantitative analysis at Google Maps, Mark Huberty will discuss the relevance of social science research and concepts to today's large-scale data revolution.

April 24, 2015
Author:
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana

Coding is done, now what? You’ve finished coding your qualitative data and now it’s time to start the “analysis” process. Where do you start? Through this interactive workshop session, qualitative researchers will learn several approaches to transition from coding to analysis. Researchers in all phases of the qualitative research process are welcome to attend.

April 23, 2015
Author:
Kelly Clonts

This is a beginner tutorial for creating vector map illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be demonstrating techniques for layering, line techniques, symbols, colors, legends, labels and overall design. The goal will be to learn to draw or recreate any map with your own look and feel.  

Outline of process:

April 23, 2015
Author:
David Eifler

Zotero is a powerful, open-source reference management tool. For the first hour, the presenter will demonstrate the key Zotero features: importing and creating new references; managing references; inserting citations into a manuscript; and formatting bibliographies in hundreds of styles. The demonstration will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

April 17, 2015
Author:
Sebastian Benthall

Join the Social Computing Working Group for a discussion of causal inference in networked data led by Seb Benthall. We will discuss applications and limitations of the potential outcomes framework in networked data sets for particular research problems. In particular, we will inquire into how to think rigorously about causal mechanisms involving emergent properties of networks.

April 17, 2015
Author:
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana

This workshop covers how to organize and analyze qualitative data in Atlas.TI. Both researchers new to qualitative methods and experienced qualitative researchers are encouraged to attend.

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