URPL 721; Fall 2013 - Discussion Section
The discussion sessions that meet each Wednesday afternoon are designed to allow you time to review the topics discussed during the week in the lectures. Practice problems will be provided and discussed each week. These practice problems are not graded, but are simply provided to help you to better understand the methods through actual application using planning problems.
Note that the scratch folders are available for use but you are encouraged to use your own flash drives for secure storage. The following overview outlines the topics that will be covered during the lab each week and those that are covered during the lectures of that same week.
Organization of Discussion Section
Section I: Research design, descriptive and inferential statistics, and linear regression
Sept. 4. Graphical presentation of quantitative information (standardized tables and figures)
Sept. 11. No discussion section today ... try reworking PS1 using number formatting and transposing rows to columns for alternative presentation.
Septl 18. Descriptive statistics, random sampling and introduction to hypothesis testing
Sept. 25. Random and representative sampling and hypothesis testing
October 2. Hypothesis testing with categorical data
October 9. Introduction to regression analysis; Midterm review and questions
Section II: Applied multiple regression
October 23. Redo Midterm 2 for Extra Credit (no formal discussion section)
October 30. Multiple regression (problem set 5)
November 6. Multiple regression (problem set 6; Midterm review and questions.
Section III: Demographic analysis and regional economic analysis techniques
November 20. Basic demographic forecasting and cohort-survival analysis (problem set 7)
November 27. Self-directed study
December 4. Regional bifurcation and retail trade (problem set 8)
December 11. Regional economic impact models and midterm preparation (problem set 9)