Maths and Stats Week

Maths and Stats Week

11 - 15 February 2019 (Week 6)

Sessions cover maths and stats topics along the themes of:

  • Succeeding in numerical reasoning tests
  • Analysing and interpreting statistics
  • Communicating statistics in a meaningful way

Due to demand, we are runnning an additional Statistics in a Nutshell session on Tuesday 19th February from 2pm to 4pm in BS/008 and Introduction to R from 1pm to 3pm in BR/012 on Wednesday 20th February. The descriptions for these sessions are below.

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Monday 11 February

1pm: Accessing and analysing existing large-scale data through the UK Data Service

Accessing and analysing existing large-scale data through the UK Data Service 
Richard Wiseman, UK Data Service Team

Monday 11 February
1-4pm 
AEW/004

Researchers do not always have to collect primary data; rather they may explore existing data to answer a research question.

In this session you will be introduced to the resources of the UK Data Service. After learning how to find and access data, you will learn how to download 2011 UK Census aggregate data, and then you will use the 'UKDS.Stat' interface to interrogate and visualise international data produced by organisations like the OECD, UN, World Bank, and IMF. Finally, you will complete exercises with a major UK survey (e.g. Crime Survey for England) in an online tool called 'Nesstar' and also in SPSS.

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Tuesday 12 February

10am: Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests

Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests
Maths Skills Centre
Tuesday 12 February
10am-12pm
D/N/114

Are you applying for jobs and would like some hints and tips for taking numerical reasoning tests? Do you need a refresher on percentages and ratio? Would you like to know how to interpret and answer these type of questions?

We will explore how to answer typical numerical reasoning test questions and point you to some useful resources. This will be a hands-on session involving you having a go at actual questions from up-to-date employer tests used for graduate recruitment.

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11am: Processing - Creating Visualisations of Research Data

Processing - Creating Visualisations of Research Data
Tom Smith, IT Services
Tuesday 12 February
11am-2pm
LFA/144 

Processing is a tool loved by artists and data scientists because it is designed to let you play with data in such a way that you can quickly and easily make amazingly creative visualisations of your research data. With it you can also create unique multimedia applications or just produce beautiful works of art. OpenProcessing.org has examples of the variety of things you can do with the tool, which we will look at the basics of in this session.

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2pm: Statistics in a Nutshell

Statistics in a Nutshell
Maths Skills Centre
Tuesday 19 February
2-4pm
BS/008

This session will demonstrate how statistics can be used to analyse data from research projects. We will cover identifying a research question, different types of data, choosing from the range of statistical tests available and finding advice when running and reporting statistical tests in whatever software you are using.

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Wednesday 13 February

10am: From Data to Discussion

From Data to Discussion
Maths Skills Centre/Writing & Language Skills Centre
Wednesday 13 February
10am-12pm
LFA/204-5

This session will help you prepare for writing your results and discussion sections of your dissertation or research projects. We will explore the structure and language used in results and discussion sections. Using a given set of results, there will be an opportunity for you to consider the structure of the related discussion section. This session is a collaboration between the Maths Skills Centre and the Writing and Language Skills Centre.

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1pm: Introduction to SPSS

Introduction to SPSS
Maths Skills Centre
Wednesday 13 February
1-5pm
LMB/008

This is a four hour workshop suitable for postgraduates who have not used this statistical software before but is also appropriate for those who are in need of a refresher. The workshop introduces the different types of SPSS files (data, output, chart, syntax, template), menus/icons and their use, and discusses how to get data into SPSS and ‘output’ from SPSS. Topics covered include:

  • Coding and labelling data
  • Constructing new variables (and recoding)
  • Filtering and summarising data via descriptive statistics

The first part of the session is dedicated to an instructor-led demonstration of the architecture and main features of the software, and the second to a case study where students will have the chance to apply some of their newly acquired skills to real data.

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Thursday 14 February

12pm: Introduction to R

Introduction to R
Anna Riach, Statistics Advisor
Wednesday 20 February
1-3pm
B/R/012

This session is for people who have no prior knowledge of R but who would like to start using the software for statistical analyses. We will cover what R and RStudio are, how to upload data, using functions and packages and where you can access information to help you when using the software.

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2pm: Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests

Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests
Maths Skills Centre
Thursday 14 February
2-4pm
LFA/204-205

Are you applying for jobs and would like some hints and tips for taking numerical reasoning tests? Do you need a refresher on percentages and ratio? Would you like to know how to interpret and answer these type of questions?

We will explore how to answer typical numerical reasoning test questions and point you to some useful resources. This will be a hands-on session involving you having a go at actual questions from up-to-date employer tests used for graduate recruitment.

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Friday 15 February

11am: Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests

Preparing for Numerical Reasoning Tests (Cancelled)
Maths Skills Centre
Friday 15 February
11am-1pm
AEW/004 

Are you applying for jobs and would like some hints and tips for taking numerical reasoning tests? Do you need a refresher on percentages and ratio? Would you like to know how to interpret and answer these type of questions?

We will explore how to answer typical numerical reasoning test questions and point you to some useful resources. This will be a hands-on session involving you having a go at actual questions from up-to-date employer tests used for graduate recruitment.

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2pm: Data and Visualisation

Data and Visualisation
Tom Smith, IT Services
Friday 15 February
2-3.30pm
LFA/144

This session looks at communicating data clearly and efficiently. It looks at the principles of data visualisation, exploring the possibilities and taking a look at some of the tools available including statistical graphics, plots, charts and other packages.

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