What we have done QDA I. 2014 summer semester

Back to the main page       Syllabus QDA I. (summer 2014)

1. class (18/2/14)  Revision of subject matter of Design of Quantitative Research I. Design of Quantitative Research/Základy kvantitativního sociologického výzkumu (research question, operacionalisation, hypothesis, design of survey)  Test in Design of Quantitative Research.
About QDA1 course and Test on "quantitative survey design"
No homework except for filling in knowledge of survey design by reading handouts and literature on metodykv.wz.cz.


2. class (26/2/14)  
1. Types of quantitative data - introduction, see handout (in Czech); 2. Data matrix (2-mode data, from survey); 3. introduction into the programme SPSS and very basic datamanagement (variable name, labels)
See 1. Introduction to SPSS/PSPP (1.) (program environment, data input, labelling variables, basic settings)  
watch also a video Intro to SPSS (the very basics) and read SPSS Statistics for Students: The Basics (very helpful guide at SSCC University of Wisconsin - Madison)
In detail, read:  chap. 15. Using SPSS for Windows  (simple manual for SPSS: data management, frequencies, correlation, crosstabulation) in Bryman, A. 2008. Social research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  online resources (data, tests)
No homework


3. class (5/3/14)   1. Using programme SPSS - basic data-management (labels, missing values); 2. Using commands in Syntax: descriptive statistics for categorical data (FREQUENCIES); 3. Missing values (1), (MISSING VALUES), see handout 2. Missing Values (how to handle).
Syntax 5/3/2014   Data: Our hypothetical dataset (created 26/2/14)   
No homework


4. class (12/3/14)  
Labelling and descriptive statistics; collecting DATA: TV&Books (2014 version) (notice, the dataset is continuously updated - other courses will be supplemented later)   Questionnaire (ppt)
For handling with this dataset see our Syntax QDA1 5/3/2014 (in English) which was originally aimed at different data but works with this dataset as well. You can also look at more detailed Syntax AKD1-úvod 1 (in Czech).
Homework assignment no. 1   (added 16/3/2014)


5. class (19/3/14)  
1. Identifying and defining MISSING VALUES; 2. Simple descriptive statistics (1) - Central tendency measures (Modus, Mean, Median), and Variance/ Standard deviation.
DATA: TV&Books (2014 version)      Questionnaire (ppt)
Syntax QDA1 19/3/2014
Homework assignment no. 2   (added 22/3/2014)


6. class (26/3/14)  
DATA: TV&Books (2014 version)      Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Identifying and defining MISSING VALUES; 2. Simple descriptive statistics (2) - Central tendency measures (Modus, Mean, Median), and Dispersion - Variance/ Standard deviation.
Syntax QDA1 26/3/2014


7. class (2/4/14)   (mostly repeating the previous class)
DATA: TV&Books (2014 version)    Notice, the dataset is continuously updated.   Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Identifying and defining MISSING VALUES; 2. Simple descriptive statistics (2) - Central tendency measures and Dispersion (Variance/ Standard deviation).
Syntax QDA1 2/4/2014


8. class (9/4/14)   (mostly repeating the previous classes)
DATA: TV&Books (2014 version)      Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Identifying and defining MISSING VALUES; 2. Simple descriptive statistics (2) - Central tendency measures and Dispersion (Variance/ Standard deviation).
Syntax QDA1 9/4/2014
Homework assignment no. 3   (added 13/4/2014)


9. class (16/4/14)  
Data "TV&Books" FHS 2014    Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Varia: LIST (showing data) and ADDing VALUES
2. Recoding variables: a) general principles, b) collapsing ratio-numeric variable into categories using 3 principles based on: Equidistance, b. Quantiles (terciles), c. Theoretical reasons/common sense.
3. Bivariate analysis (intro - 1.): Means of ratio (numeric) variable in categories of categorical variable (this was not fully practised during the class).
Syntax QDA1 16/4/2014
Homework assignment no. 4   (added 21/4/2014)


10. class (23/4/14)  
Data "TV&Books" FHS 2014      Questionnaire (ppt)
Bivariate analysis (2.):
1. Means of ratio (numeric) variable in categories of categorical variable (MEANS),
2. Contingency table for Categorical X Categorical variables - crosstabulation (CROSSTABS), intro 1.
For details and principles of interpretation see pp. 385-389 in Elementary Analyses. Pp. 375-394 in Babbie, Earl. 1995. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth Publishing; 7 edition.
Syntax QDA1 23/4/2014
Homework assignment no. 5   (added 26/4/2014)


11. class (30/4/14)   (mostly repeating the previous class)
Data "TV&Books" FHS 2014   Download this revised version from 21/4/2014 (There are no new cases-students but some new useful recoding and transformation were carried out; however it is not "cleaned" - still missing values should be identified and determined.)   Questionnaire (ppt)
Bivariate analysis (2.):
1. Means of ratio (numeric) variable in categories of categorical variable (MEANS),
2. Contingency table for Categorical X Categorical variables - crosstabulation (CROSSTABS), intro 1.
For details and principles of interpretation see pp. 385-389 in Elementary Analyses. Pp. 375-394 in Babbie, Earl. 1995. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth Publishing; 7 edition. and Cross-tabulations (Chap. 1 in Treiman 2009)
Syntax QDA1 30/4/2014
Homework assignment no. 6   (added 19/5/2014)


12. class (7/5/14)   (mostly repeating the previous class)
Data "TV&Books" FHS 2014   Download this revised version from 21/4/2014 (There are no new cases-students but some new useful recoding and transformation were carried out; however it is not "cleaned" - still missing values should be identified and determined.)   Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Practising bivariate analysis (mostly repeating the previous classes): Means of ratio in subgroups (MEANS) and Contingency table (CROSSTABS).
2. Multivariate analysis: 3-rd level of sorting data in contingency tables and Elaboration procedure - introduction.
3. Coefficients of association / ordinal correlation.

Read more in Babbie, Earl. 1995. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth Publishing; 7th. ed.:
- introduction of multivariate analysis (pp. 390-393 in chapter 15) - Elementary Analyses. Pp. 375-394
- for introduction to elaboration procedure (pp. 400-409 in chapter 16) - The Elaboration Model. Pp. 395-412.
- for introduction to elaboration procedure and interaction effects (pp. 22-28 in chapter 2) - More on tables (Chap. 2 in Treiman 2009)
Syntax QDA1 7/5/2014
Homework assignment no. 6   (added 19/5/2014)


13. class (14/5/14)   (partly repeating the previous class)
Data "TV&Books" FHS 2014   Download this revised version from 21/4/2014 (There are no new cases-students but some new useful recoding and transformation were carried out; however it is not "cleaned" - still missing values should be identified and determined.)   Questionnaire (ppt)
1. Practising Bivariate analysis (mostly repeating the previous classes): Means in subgroups (MEANS) and Contingency table (CROSSTABS).
2. Multivariate analysis: 3-rd level of sorting data in contingency table and Elaboration procedure - introduction.
3. Coefficients of association / ordinal correlation and their use in Elaboration.
For introduction to elaboration procedure (multivariate contingency tables with three variables and interaction effects) read more in More on tables (only pp. 22-28, Chap. 2 in Treiman 2009)  Elaborating bivariate relationships (only pp. 161-170 in de Vaus 1985)  The Elaboration Model (only pp. 400-409, chapter 16 in Babbie 1995)
See presentations 3. Contingency tables and analysis of categorical data - introduction  and completely new one 4. Contingency tables: multivariate analysis and elaboration - introduction to third level of data sorting  pdf  (both updated 5/6/14) and also Map of bivariate analyses configuration.
Syntax from 14/05/2014
Homework assignment no. 6   (added 19/5/2014)


14. class (21/5/14)
Data a) "TV&Books" FHS 2014   revised version from 21/4/2014 (There are no new cases-students but some new useful recoding and transformation were carried out; however it is not "cleaned" - still missing values should be identified and determined.)   Questionnaire (ppt)
Data b) ISSP 2007 - Leisure Time and Sports, the Czech Republic (HiSo version, English)  Download new dataset from the large representative survey of adult population in Czech Republic (last revision for HiSo 27/5/2014)
      Czech questionnaire (it applies to original Czech variable names), Basic questionnaire in English (only the core of the module variables)   More information on ISSP.org (You can download whole international data set)
Practising Multivariate analysis of categorical data using CROSSTABS and new data ISSP 2007 - Leisure and sport:
1. Third level of sorting data in contingency tables and Elaboration procedure
2. Coefficients of association / ordinal correlation and their use in Elaboration.
3. Test using ISSP 2007 data (crosstabulation, coefficients of association/ordinal correlation and principle of elaboration)
For introduction to elaboration procedure (multivariate contingency tables with three variables and interaction effects) read more in More on tables (only pp. 22-28, Chap. 2 in Treiman 2009)  Elaborating bivariate relationships (only pp. 161-170 in de Vaus 1985)  The Elaboration Model (only pp. 400-409, chapter 16 in Babbie 1995)
See new presentations heavily updated on 3. Contingency tables and analysis of categorical data - introduction  and completely new one 4. Contingency tables: multivariate analysis and elaboration - introduction to third level of data sorting  pdf  (both updated 5/6/14) and also Map of bivariate analyses configuration.
Syntax from 21/05/2014 (There is also a bonus - Partial correlation; something we didn't do at the class.)
Homework assignment no. 7 (the last one)   (added 24/5/2014)

Don't forget to write seminar paper demonstrating your analytical work. See Assignment and instruction of QDA seminar paper.


Read our course presentations, handouts and other materials and basic introduction into logic of descriptive, bivariate and simple multivariate statistics:

Babbie, Earl. 1995. The Practice of Social Research. Wadsworth Publishing; 7 edition.
   Elementary Analyses Chapter 15, Pp. 375-394  (descriptive statistics, groups comparison, bivariate analysis)
   The Elaboration Model Chapter 16, Pp. 395-412  (multivariate analysis, logic of elaboration)
Elaborating bivariate relationships (pp. 161-170) in de Vaus, D., A. 1985. Surveys in Social Research, First Edition, Hemel Hempstead/Winchester, Mass. : Allen & Unwin Ltd.   (excellent simple examples of multivariate analysis with 2x2x2 tables and principle of elaboration) This is highly recommended text.
Cross-tabulations and More on tables (selected parts of chapters 1 and 2) in Treiman, D. J. 2009. Quantitative data analysis: doing social research to test ideas San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  (excellent comment and examples of interpreting crosstabulation, elaboration, interaction/additive effects)  This is highly recommended text.
Quantitative data analysis   Chapter 14 in Bryman, A. 2008. Social research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  online resources (data, tests)  (descriptive statistics as well as testing hypothesis)




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