Eugène Horber
Statistical Tools for Social Scientists
A 2nd Course in Applied Statistics

Eugène Horber is professor emeritus of methodology at the Department of political science and International relations, University of Geneva. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science and has taught social science methodology (both quantitative and qualitative), applied computer science, and statistics at the University of Geneva. He is the director of the Swiss Summer School (Social Science Methodology); main teaching activities in the past include the Essex Summer School, the Carcassonne Summer School, the PRESTA Progamme (EU programme for South America), Eurostat/TES, ENSAE (Paris) and ENSAI (Rennes). His research interests and publications are in the area of statistical methodology (data exploration, visual data analysis), survey research and aggregate data analysis, as well as applied computer science (didactical software, hypertext) and computer assisted qualitative data analysis. He is the author of a software package for exploratory data analysis.

Workshop objectives and content

Statistical tools and statistical thinking are an essential part of the methodology of many scientific disciplines, including the empirical social sciences. This intermediate statistics workshop presents tools dealing with many variables (multivariate analysis): building models with several variables and reducing complexity (data reduction). The focus is methodological, conceptual and practical, oriented towards the application of these tools to typical analysis problems in social research.

At the end of the workshop, active participants should be able to

The aim of the workshop is to provide

The various tools will be presented and discussed using numerous examples. Participants will then apply these tools in the context of their projects (hands-on learning). (Software used: IBM SPSS Statistics)

After a quick review of basic statistics, the following topics will be presented:



If you wish to refresh your basic statistics and skills with SPSS, consider to register for the free 2-day Statistics/SPSS refresherpreliminary workshop as well