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SS01 - Seasoned Scholar Workshop: Quantitative Methods

Instructor Details

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Tamás Rudas

Institution:
Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Instructor Bio

Tamás Rudas is Director General of the Center for Social Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He is also Recurrent Visiting Professor at Central European University’s Political Science Department, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington.

Tamás is Past President of the European Association of Methodology and an Elected Member of the European Academy of Sociology. His main research areas are categorical data analysis and the methodology of the social sciences.


Course Dates and Times

Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 February, 09:00–17:00 (organised flexibly)

Short Outline

This Workshop is tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD, and organised on a flexible basis to meet specific methodological needs.

Tamás will cover a broad span of statistical and formal methods. Depending on participants’ needs, this may include aspects of survey and experimental design, quality control, missing data, methods of causal analysis, graphical modelling (aka Bayesian networks), and methods for the detection and analysis of higher dimensional interactions. Some issues of ‘mixed’ methods designs, with a strong quantitative component, may also be covered.

Long Course Outline

If you are an experienced scholar with significant research experience beyond your PhD, and/or if you occupy a senior academic role, this Workshop is for you.

Typical research methods needs / challenges you might face include:

  • writing up the methods section of a research project
  • choosing the appropriate method(s) for a funded project
  • arbitrating between methodological options
  • updating your knowledge of recent evolutions in methods applicable to your field
  • troubleshooting your own methods use
  • learning which methods experts to contact for what
  • getting advice on methods training for your team members
  • receiving feedback on a syllabus you are putting together
  • getting advice on methodological topics in existing syllabi
  • writing up methods sections of publications (articles, books, reports, etc)

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. This Workshop offers you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from an expert team.

This Workshop is organised on a flexible basis to meet your specific needs. It covers a broad span of statistical and formal methods. Depending on participants’ needs, this may include aspects of survey and experimental design, quality control, missing data, methods of causal analysis, graphical modelling (aka Bayesian networks), and methods for the detection and analysis of higher dimensional interactions. Some issues of ‘mixed’ methods designs, with a strong quantitative component, may also be covered.

This is a fully interactive Workshop. However, if you wish, training updates can be organised à la carte, and training resources provided.

Phase 1: Input

Until 15 December, prospective participants email Tamás with the core methodological questions / problems / arbitrations they currently face. Tamás and Sanja then correspond with participants to adapt the Workshop to best suit participants’ needs.

Phase 2: Three-day Workshop, 21 – 23 February

Each day’s schedule is organised around participants’ needs. It involves non-limitative list group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues.

Ample time is also provided for one-to-one meetings with Tamás and Sanja.

This Workshop takes place in parallel with Benoît Rihoux's Multi-Method Designs, Case-oriented and Comparative Workshop. If participants wish, we will convene a common session involving Tamás, Benoît, and their assistants, along with participants from both Workshops.

You can book at least one appointment with Benoît, and you’ll have the chance to talk informally with other methods experts over dinner on the final day.

Catering & hospitality included in the registration fee:

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1
  • Informal dinner on day 3
  • A social event with the Workshop participants

Phase 3: Additional guidance, March – June

Tamás and Sanja remain available for up to four Skype appointments per participant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.

Additional Information

Disclaimer

This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc). Registered participants will be informed in due time.

Note from the Academic Convenors

By registering for this course, you confirm that you possess the knowledge required to follow it. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If in doubt, contact the instructor before registering.


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