“Understanding Social and Economic Data” (aka INFO7470) is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also aims to teach students basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. More information can be found in the Summary. The course is taught as a mixture of self-guided online videos (MOOC-style) together with in-classroom discussions of the material. Students from multiple universities, scattered across the country and participating via videoconference, and from multiple domains (economics, demography, geography, statistics) contribute to the discussion.

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  • 44 Years and Counting: CNSTAT’s Role in Federal Statistics 

    Citro, Constance F. (2016-02-22)
    Notes for a live in-class discussion on a variety of topics on the federal statistical system with one of the foremost experts on it, Connie Citro (CNSTAT).
  • Session 14: Usage and outcomes of the Synthetic Data Server 

    Vilhuber, Lars; Abowd, John M. (2016-05-09)
    “Understanding Social and Economic Data” (aka INFO7470) is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also ...
  • Session 14: Synthetic Data 

    Vilhuber, Lars; Abowd, John M. (2016-05-09)
    “Understanding Social and Economic Data” (aka INFO7470) is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also ...
  • Session 13: Updates 

    Vilhuber, Lars; Abowd, John M. (2016-05-02)
    “Understanding Social and Economic Data” (aka INFO7470) is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also ...
  • Session 13: Statistical Tools: Hierarchical Models and Network Analysis 

    Vilhuber, Lars; Abowd, John M. (2016-05-02)
    “Understanding Social and Economic Data” (aka INFO7470) is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also ...

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