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Introduction to Data Methods


This course examines data management and use: downloading data from the web, restructuring and reorganizing that data, analyzing the data through statistical analysis and visualization, and using programming to accomplish these tasks.  We use a programming language called R, which is freely available on the web.  We will explore these topics by using data collected from Twitter.  Social media provide an ever-expanding set of tools for communication, yet we are only beginning to understand why some social media strategies succeed and others fail.

Satisfies the methods requirement of the Political Science major.
Counts as an elective in the Data Science interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a Mathematical & Quantitative Thought distribution requirement.