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Workshop schedule for the current semester including descriptions for each session. 

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Upcoming CCSS Research Support Workshops

Check back here for our spring workshops!

CCSS Workshops are given by our seasoned staff, Senior Data Science Fellows, and Data Science Fellows

All CCSS Research Support workshops will be held online via Zoom this semester.  Students registered for workshops will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the start of the workshop. 

Workshop Descriptions

A full list of all of the topics that our consultants cover. Be on the lookout for these workshops to be offered in the coming semesters!

  • Atlas.ti 

    Introduction to Atlas.ti

    Overview: Atlas.ti is a powerful workbench for qualitative data analysis. You may bring your own qualitative data for processing during the workshop.

    Workshop Topics:

    • Learn how to create a project in Atlas-ti
    • Assign documents
    • Quote and code segments of text
    • Write comments and memos
    • Create and assign relations between codes or quote
    • View the relationships using the Network view
    • Create code and groups
    • Produce output
    • Search for text
    • Auto code
    • Export project bundle as well as export to an SPSS job

  • Conjoint Analysis

    Using Conjoint Analysis in Analyzing Individuals' Underlying Preferences

    Overview: Conjoint Analysis helps researchers across different fields to identify individuals’ preferences and evaluate their choice trade-offs in the context of a survey. 

    Workshop Topics: 

    • How to successfully configure conjoint experiments in Qualtrics using the Conjoint Choice-based Application provided by Qualtrics
    • Explain how to analyze and utilize Conjoint-based data 
    • Successfully design and implement their own questionnaire in the form of a Conjoint experiment and will learn to access, analyze, and present the findings of their Conjoint survey using R

    Software/tool/method: Qualtrics Choice-Based Conjoint and R Studio 

    Area of expertise connects to: surveys, survey experiments, social sciences, business analytics, marketing

    Prerequisites: Basic understanding of Qualtrics, survey analysis, and R is helpful.
     

  • GitHub

    Introduction to Github

    Overview:  Git is a tool that helps keep track of changes made in project documents such as program files or source codes, effectively versioning them, and allows teams to collaborate via a central repository hub such as Github, Bitbucket, or Gitlab. 

    Workshop Topics:

    • Creation and configuration of a git repository:
      • Editing, staging and committing files
      • Retrieving previous versions of files
      • Branching
    • Setting up of a repository on Github for individual use and/or project team collaboration

  • How to Make your Research Transparent and Reproducible

    Overview: Replication of results is a core requirement of the scientific method. Satisfying this requirement becomes increasingly complex when data from disparate sources is integrated and reused. While code used for analysis of data must be verified, it is also imperative that code and processes used to clean, integrate and harmonize data be documented and verified. This can be time-intensive and intimidating, especially for individual researchers seeking to openly share their work. 

    Workshop Topics:

    • Introduction to the Cornell Center for Social Sciences’ Results Reproduction Service 
    • Walk you through the process of reviewing your manuscript, data, code and output to ensure that the reproduction materials you will share to the public or submit to a journal for publication will reproduce your results exactly
    • Discuss common mistakes to avoid in manuscripts and code
    • How to package reproduction materials for easy re-use and independent understandability
    • CCSS Data and Reproduction Archive as the institutional repository for your reproducibility package

  • NVivo

    Using NVivo as a Research Tool

    Overview: NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It is designed to help users organize, analyze and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data like: interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content. 

    Workshop Topics: 

    • Create an NVivo project
    • Add documents
    • Create references and codes
    • Generate outputs and visuals
    • Use various tools for autocoding and querying

    Instructor: Florio Arguillas, CCSS Research Associate

  • OpenRefine

    Overview: OpenRefine is a user-friendly tool for cleaning, transforming, and preparing your data for analysis. This workshop will teach you to use OpenRefine to effectively clean and format data and automatically track any changes that you make. Many people comment that this tool saves them months of work.

    To do the exercises along with the workshop, you can first download and install OpenRefine along with the data file used in the workshop:

    Preparation for the Workshop:

  • RMarkdown

    Introduction to RMarkdown

    Overview: RMarkdown is a tool that allows you to keep all in the same document your code, your outputs (summaries, plots, etc), your text and, most importantly, your thoughts and comments. You can produce nicely formatted output in html, pdf or even Microsoft Word. It is extremely easy to use and will force you to document well what you are doing. RMarkdown is a file format for making dynamic documents with R. An RMarkdown document is written in markdown (an easy-to-write plain text format) and contains chunks of embedded R code to create output.

    Instructor: Jacob Grippin, CCSS IT Help Desk, Lead Statistical Consultant

    Preparation for the Workshop:

  • SAS

    Introduction to SAS

    Overview: SAS is a program that teaches to access, explore, prepare, and analyze data used in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

    This is a virtual hands-on workshop in SAS programming. 

    Workshop Topics:

    • Learning the structure of a SAS program
    • Debug a SAS Program
    • Creating SAS data sets from the three most common data formats: Excel, Column-delimited ASCII, Existing SAS data sets
    • Exploring the structure and contents of a SAS data set
    • Selecting observations and variables in a data set
    • Creating and modifying variables
    • IF-THEN-ELSE and iterative DO loops
    • Working with Dates
    • Create multiple output data sets
    • SAS Procedures for performing statistical analysis such as MEANS, UNIVARIATE, FREQ, CORRELATION, and REGRESSION procedures
    • SAS Output Delivery System (ODS)

    Post Workshop files:

    Advanced SAS Macro Language

    Overview: The SAS Macro Facility allows SAS users to extend and customize their SAS code and reduce the amount of text that must be entered by the user. 

    Workshop Topics:

    • Learn and use some basic features of the SAS Macro Language 
    • Write code which we will then submit to the SAS Macro Processor 
    • Generate examples of both static and dynamic SAS program code for processing

    Prerequisites: Introduction to SAS, or substantive experience with SAS (must understand SAS Data and Proc Steps, SAS libraries, etc).

  • SPSS

    Introduction to SPSS

    Overview: SPSS is short for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, and it’s used by various kinds of researchers for complex statistical data analysis.

    Workshop Topics:

    • Creating an SPSS data file
    • Exporting an SPSS data to another format
    • Running simple statistical procedures (frequencies, crosstabs, means, correlations, regression)
    • Using the output viewer
    • Creating a syntax file
    • Importing an Excel data file to SPSS
    • Merging data sets
    • Creating new variables using the COMPUTE, RECODE and IF commands
    • Selecting a subset of cases
    • Data cleaning
    • Creating graphs

    Post Workshop Files:

    The Introduction to SPSS workshop session 1 may also be viewed in the following 1-hour video:

  • Stata

    Introduction to Stata

    Overview: Stata is a general-purpose integrated statistical software package used for data manipulation, analysis, management, graphics, and automated reporting. 

    Workshop Topics:

    • Entering, accessing, Importing, modifying, organizing and analyzing data
    • Generating basic summary statistics, combining datasets, arranging and analyzing data
    • Creating new variables
    • Subsetting of data
    • Basic regression and correlation
    • Creating and saving batch .do files

    Post-Workshop Files:

    The Introduction to Stata workshop may also be viewed in the following 2-hour video:

    Advanced Stata

    Overview: Advanced Stata is a program that introduces new commands in Stata, enhancing more complex estimation commands and building off of the foundations of Stata.

    Workshop Topics:

    • Accessing automatically saved results
    • Working with matrices
    • Using global and local macros
    • Incorporating loops(foreach, forvalues)
    • Installing ado-files

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Stata, or substantive experience with SAS (must understand SAS Data and Proc Steps, SAS libraries, etc).

Custom Training for Classes

We provide class training tailored to your group’s specific needs on topics related:
  • Data processing and management
  • Use of qualitative software packages such as Atlas.ti and NVivo
  • Use of statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R
  • Use of CCSS-RS research and class computing servers

Custom Training for Project Teams

We provide just-in-time training for project teams in both qualitative and quantitative data management and processing.  Research data management and processing is a long and complex process.  We provide training that is needed at a particular phase of the data lifecycle so as to eliminate loss of knowledge and skills caused by a large gap between training and actual use.   Using this approach we also eliminate the need for refresher training due to subject knowledge loss or loss of people who leave the team before the training they received is used on the job.

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