Past Events

  • 2018 Mar 23

    Introduction to Web Scraping with Python

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the popular Python libraries BeautifulSoup and Requests. Participants will practice accessing websites, parsing information, and storing data in a CSV file. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to web scraping, but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Introduction to Python workshop.

    Workshop Preparation

    Computers with Python pre-loaded are...

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  • 2018 Mar 09

    Structured Data, Databases, and SQL

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Collecting, analyzing, and managing data is the bread-and-butter of any research project, and standard tools like Microsoft Excel are the go-to apps as they're omnipresent and easy to use. But these start to show their limitations when one needs to handle tens of thousands of rows or merge data from multiple sources. Using a relational database, such as SQLite, can meet this gap and is the logical next step for bigger data projects.
     
    This class will discuss the fundamentals of structured data, introduce...

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  • 2018 Mar 09

    Introduction to Python

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    This workshop introduces the basic elements of Python, a general purpose programming language commonly used for data cleaning, analysis, visualization, and other applications. Participants will learn how to use the language as well as how to set up a development environment for Python on their personal computer. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to programming. No experience is required.

    Workshop Preparation

    Computers with Python pre-loaded are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you will use your own...

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  • 2018 Mar 02

    Version Control with Git/GitKraken

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018 (main campus)

    Version control software allows you to save “versions” of files -- scripts, text files, web pages, data, etc. -- which show the changes that were made to the files over time, and allows you to backtrack if necessary and undo those changes. The ability alone – of being able to compare two versions or reverse changes, makes it fairly invaluable when working on larger projects. Even more so when collaborating in research groups.

    This hands-on workshop will take you through the steps of using Git via the GUI GitKraken and Github, to track changes, revert to older...

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  • 2018 Feb 23

    Introduction to Stata

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    This class will provide a hands-on introduction to Stata. You will learn how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, import data, calculate descriptive statistics and manage data and value labels. This workshop is designed for individuals who have little or no experience using Stata software.

    More details including workshop materials are available at http://dss.iq.harvard.edu/workshop-materials#widget-2.

    This workshop is free for Harvard and MIT affiliates, and is held...

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  • 2018 Feb 16

    Introduction to R

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. 

    With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, install and load R packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create common graphical displays. This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience with R.

    More details including workshop materials are available at http://dss.iq.harvard.edu/workshop-materials#widget-2...

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