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SSDAN and ICPSR Host Webinar on Teaching with Contingency Tables


The Social Science Data Analysis Network, in partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), will host a webinar on June 14, 2012 at 2PM EDT, presented by SSDAN Director Bill Frey.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series, will focus on "Teaching with Contingency Tables" in substantive undergraduate sociology courses using the DataCounts! web site and WebCHIP software. If you have ever wondered how to easily teach students how to interpret and manipulate social data such as that from the U.S. Census, then you are encouraged to participate!

Inequality and DataCounts Learning Modules


A recent Data in the News post spotlighted a daily chart from The Economist that compared inequality in a number of OECD countries. The United States did not fare well, finishing third from the bottom in relative poverty (“measured by the share of the population earning less than half the median income”), only ahead of Chile and Mexico (Brazil is also on the chart, but it is not an OECD country). The Gini coefficient, another measure of inequality for which a score of zero indicates perfect equality and one perfect inequality, also suggested that the United States is trailing comparable countries in the fight against inequality. The U.S. finished fourth from the bottom, beating out South Korea, Mexico and Chile.



DataCounts! is an interactive website designed to help integrate social statistics into the classroom setting. We have several collections of data, including American Community Survey Data from 2004-2006, the 1990 and 2000 censuses, census trend data from 1950-2000, the General Social Survey, and the Current Population Survey. Each collection contains a wide variety of datasets that can be viewed online with WebCHIP.

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