Monthly Archives: October 2012

Data visualization tool in Stata

Ryan Briggs, a PhD student at American, has a post up about how to use Stata to mine World Bank data and make pretty graphs. Could be fun. Enjoy!

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Assignment #8

Please find an article in the news that pertains to your research paper. Link to the article in your blog post and give a short (<500 word) explanation of how reading the article has helped you think about your research question. Does it bring up additional variables you need to control for? Does it suggest alternate sources of data or additional reading that can be done? What else?

Also, make sure to comment on your blogging partners’ posts from last week.

As a reminder, blog posts are due on Friday by the time class starts; comments are due on Monday by the time class starts. Late assignments will not receive credit.

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Job opportunity at CBO

The Congressional Budget Office is hiring college grads for their tax analysis division. Click here: 13-06 Assistant Analyst – TAD.

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Assignment #7

For this week’s blog post, write a brief (2-3 sentence) summary of one of the papers you’ve read regarding your research project, then answer the following questions.

  • What new information does it bring to light regarding your research project?
  • Does it suggest any issues you might have regarding the assumptions of the classical linear regression model?
  • If it does suggest that your model might violate any assumptions of the model, do you know an easy way to fix them?
  • Make sure to cite the paper in your blog post and, if possible, link to a .pdf version of the paper

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Equation Editor

There have been a few questions about how to type up equations in Word. A colleague shared this today, so I thought I would pass it along. It’s an equation editor embedded in Word 2010. It is LaTeX-style; LaTeX is the program I use to type your exams and answers. I hope it’s helpful.

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=474856

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Outlines

I will return your outlines in class today, and discuss some things you all need to work on, but I wanted to highlight a few students who have a particularly good grasp on project development this far. I suggest you read their blog posts about their projects if you are struggling with how to organize your paper or structure your hypothesis, which many of you seem to be from my reading of your papers.

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No blogs this week

As we had a lot due last week and a few of you have expressed that this week is full if tests, we won’t have a blog assignment this week. I encourage you to keep working on your semester projects, though.

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