Thursday, January 12, 2017

Introduction to R for Data Analysis

The Statistical Consulting Center will host an intro to R workshop. 

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Petty 219
  • R interfaces
  • Installing packages
  • Introduction to R syntax
  • Reading data
  • Data manipulation
  • Creating summary statistics
  • Simple plots
  • Basic statistical analysis.

Prerequisites: No previous experience using R is required. Participants must have a laptop with wireless internet access, able to install and run the R program.

Instructor: Scott Richter, UNCG Statistical Consulting Center.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 ICPSR Summer Program

Join ICPSR for a webinar on Jan 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST about the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program

The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques and quantitative research methodologies used in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. We strive to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers by offering a broad curriculum that ranges from introductory statistics and data analysis to advanced methods and cutting-edge techniques.  
From May through August of 2017, we will offer more than 80 courses in cities across the U.S. We will announce our 2017 schedule in January, and registration for all courses will open in early February.  
This webinar will:
-Introduce the ICPSR Summer Program
-Discuss our 2017 courses
-Explain the registration process
-Explore ICPSR Scholarships and other funding opportunities
-Address your FAQs  
The webinar is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

IPUMS Research Award

We are pleased to announce the 9th annual competition for the best research papers using the IPUMS microdata collection. Papers or publications submitted should utilize IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-International, NAPP, or IHIS to study social, economic, and/or demographic processes. We are looking particularly for papers that use innovative approaches, comparative analyses, interesting variables, or multiple IPUMS datasets.

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories:
  • Best published work
  • Best work by a graduate student (published or unpublished)
The deadline for submitting papers or publications is Monday, February 13, 2017Visit the IPUMS Award page for full submission information. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New free resource: IPUMS Higher Ed

From the Minnesota Population Center:
The Minnesota Population Center has released a new data project: IPUMS Higher Ed. IPUMS Higher Ed offers harmonized versions of the surveys incorporated into the NSF Scientists and Engineers Statistical Database (SESTAT).
IPUMS Higher Ed is composed of three National Science Foundation surveys of college degree holders in the United States: the National Survey of College Graduates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates. Only the respondents who have a degree in science or engineering (or related fields) or work in a science or engineering occupation are included in the SESTAT file for that year. 
The surveys in IPUMS Higher Ed collect data on education history, labor force status, employer and academic institution characteristics, income, and work activities. SESTAT data have been used previously to study a wide variety of topics, including gender differences in the labor force and the presence of immigrants in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. 
The data can be accessed at no cost at

Monday, November 28, 2016

Census Bureau's My Tribal Area

Preview a new Census Bureau tool called My Tribal Area and give feedback!

The U.S. Census Bureau is excited to release a preview of a new data tool called My Tribal Area. This Web application provides easy access to estimates that detail characteristics of the people, jobs, housing, economy, and educational levels in America's tribal areas and reservations. The estimates come from responses to the American Community Survey over a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014.

My Tribal Area was designed to give you quick and smooth access to information. For example, you can search for tribal areas using a type-ahead search by tribal area name or a drop-down menu to select a particular area in a state. A glossary is available to help you understand how the application defines the types of reservations and tribal areas.

We encourage you to explore this preview of My Tribal Area, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. You can use the feedback form that's available in the app. An updated release scheduled for this winter will make My Tribal Area even more comprehensive, with map images and descriptive legends for each tribal area, as well as estimates that include the years 2011 to 2015.   Be on the look out for our announcement when the full My Tribal Area application is released.
Lumbee SDTSA
Data for the Lumbee SDTSA in North Carolina

Monday, November 7, 2016

Data USA - Visualizing the American Community Survey

Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of MacroConnections, have created a Data USA to provide accessible visualizations of American Community Survey, Census data, and other sources of government data. Check out the profile for Greensboro!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Who votes for mayor? Short answer ... very few people

Portland State University has just released a new website called Who Votes for Mayor. Based on a pilot study involving Charlotte and three other cities, it has recently been expanded to 46 cites. Check out their current resources and follow their progress: