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Social Data Analytics Workshop Series: Introduction to Data Science with R

Do you want to develop the skills to program and manage data using R? If so, this workshop series is for you!
When Aug 31, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where B001 Sparks Databasement
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We will be meeting (almost) weekly for an hour throughout the semester to cover everything from basic R programming up through big data analytics and high performance computing. This workshop series will start with several weeks introducing R and basic R programming, so no prior experience is required (only a laptop). We will then move on to a series of workshops on reading in, cleaning, transforming, and combining multiple, complex datasets (including text and social network data) -- using our newfound R programming skills. Once we have the basics of data mangament down, we will cover web-based data collection, both from traditional web pages, and from the Twitter API. Finally, we will get into performance and scalability issues, and go over the steps for accessing the ICS cluster resources at Penn State.

The meeting time for the workshop is subject to change, but current plans are for it to be offered most Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 in Sparks B001 (The DataBasement).

First Workshop: Series overview and installing and setting up R and RStudio for optimal productivity.

Thursday, 8/31/17, 12:00-1:00, Sparks B001 (The DataBasement) Bring laptop! Free!

Directions to databasement are here: http://bdss.psu.edu/pdf-folder/finding-the-sparks-databasement

Political Science Guest Lecture Series

Milan Svolik, Yale University
When Sep 22, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 302 Pond Lab
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Milan Svolik, Yale University will present: "When Polarization Trumps Civic Virtue: Partisan Conflict and the Subversion of Democracy by Incumbents."

Graduate Association of Political Science Fall Picnic

When Sep 24, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Sunset Park, Pavilion #1
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Faculty, staff and students are invited to the fall picnic.  Gaps will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.  Please see signup sheet in the mailroom for those bringing food.  Please bring lawn chairs and sports equipment.  We hope everyone can make it!

https://goo.gl/f7wnYa

Political Science Guest Lecture Series

Rebecca Morton, Professor of Politics at NYUAD
When Oct 23, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 302 Pond Lab
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Rebecca Morton's research focuses on voting processes as well as experimental methods.  She is the author or co-author of four books and numerous journals articles, which have appeared in outlets such as the American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Politics and Review of Economic Studies.

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