Statistics and Data Science II, 7.5 credits (771A17)

Statistik och dataanalys II, 7.5 hp

Main field of study

Computational Social Science


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Maria Brandén

Course coordinator

Maria Brandén

Director of studies or equivalent

Karl Wennberg
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MCD Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science 1 (Autumn 2018) v201849-201903 English Norrköping o

Main field of study

Computational Social Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in the humanities, social-, cultural-, behavioural-, natural-, computer-, or engineering-sciences.
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should at an advanced level be able to:

  • use statistical software to estimate appropriate linear regression models for cross-sectional and panel data and explain the statistical principles underlying these estimates;
  • use statistical software to assemble appropriate data structures for estimating regression models and implementing robustness checks;
  • interpret the parameters of linear regression models, produce predictions, and evaluate goodness of fit;
  • describe the logic of causal inference and how it applies to regression models, distinguishing between causality and correlation;
  • identify common threats to causal interpretation of linear models, and assess and justify modeling approaches for solving these threats;
  • evaluate the validity and robustness of causal inferences under a variety of assumptions about how the data was generated.

Course content

This course introduces the principles and practice of linear regression modeling. Underlying model assumptions are reviewed and scrutinized. In intensive computer laboratories, statistical tools for creating appropriate data structures and estimating models using real data are presented and guidance is provided in interpretation of model parameters. The remainder of the course focuses on causal inference and the potential outcomes framework. Panel data models and statistical tools for their estimation are presented, and their potential to improve causal inference are compared. Discussion is extended to consider natural experiments and instrumental variable approaches to causal inference. The sensitivity of estimates to violations of model assumptions are evaluated, with special attention given to methods centering on computer simulation.


Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of readings, lectures, seminars, and interactive computer labs. Homework and independent studies are a necessary complement to the course.
Language of instruction: English.



The course is examined through written assignments, completed computer laboratories, and a final individual written assignment. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course's study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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Angrist, Joshua David, Pischke, Jörn-Steffen, (2009) Mostly harmless econometrics : an empiricist's companion Princeton : Princeton University Press, cop. 2009

ISBN: 9780691120355,0691120358,9780691120348,069112034X

Gelman, Andrew, Hill, Jennifer, (2007) Data analysis using regression and multilevel/hierarchical models Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007

ISBN: 0521867061,052168689X,9780521867061,9780521686891


OPPO Opponentship EC 1 credits
PRO1 Project EC 3.5 credits
LAB1 Laboratory EC 2 credits
OBL1 Mandatory seminars EC 1 credits

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