Fary M. Klass, Ph. D., Associate Profesor
Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Saturday, Octovber 24, 9:00am - 11:30am
Seminar Description: This seminar addresses three practical skills: finding the good data, effectively presenting those data, and making sound interpretations. Good data presentation skills are to data-based analysis what good writing is to literature, and some of the same principles apply to both. Poor tabular and graphical presentations often obscure critical facts and lead both readers and writers to draw erroneous conclusions from their data. Data interpretation entails drawing valid conclusions from numerical comparisons and recognizing and avoiding common statistical fallacies in data-based arguments. The seminar will also address how some statistical agencies hide data in plain sight, provide examples of bad graphical design from criminal justice research, and offer tips on using the Excel 2007 charting software.
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