2017-2018 Events

Annual Theme: Research Design is Not Enough



Conferences & Symposia

Political Economy Conference
May 4-6, 2018 || Renaissance Asheville Hotel || Asheville, NC
Title: Social Ties and the Selection of China’s Political Elite
Speaker: Yongxiang Wang (University of Southern California)
Title: News Media and Crime Perceptions: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Speaker: Nicola Mastrorocco (London School of Economics)
Title: Meet the (Opposition) Candidates: How Information Can Overcome Partisanship in a Dominant Party Regime
Speaker: Pia Raffler (Harvard University)
Title: Noisy Electoral Results: Evidence from Mexico
Speaker: Alberto Simpser (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México)
Title: Non-Bayesian Candidates: Persistency in Campaign Resource Allocation
Speaker: Hye Young You (New York University)
Title: Searching for Policy Reforms
Speaker: Avidit Acharya (Stanford University)
Title: Political Scandal
Speaker: Wioletta Dziuda (Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago)
Title: Correcting Point Estimates for Publication Bias
Speaker: Anthony Fowler (Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago)
Title: The Unilateral Presidency, 1953-2016
Speaker: Jon C. Rogowski (Harvard University)
Emory Digital Humanities Symposium: DH for the Study and Teaching of South Asia               
April 6-7, 2018 || Emory University

The Woodruff Library will host the Emory Digital Humanities Symposium: DH for the Study and Teaching of South Asia on April 6th and 7th. This is an interdisciplinary and international symposium on newly formed approaches to digital humanities in the field of South Asian Studies, and it brings together scholars and library professionals actively engaged in DH projects related to South Asia.

The two-day symposium of panels, demos, and a roundtable discussion will replicate the cycle of scholarly production – one in which individuals access archives or create their own, analyze data, teach about their research, craft scholarship, and publish in some format for public consumption. Please see the attached flyer for detailed information about the featured projects and presentations.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/DH4SA2018 or on Facebook. For those who cannot attend, presentations will be livestreamed at: http://emory.adobeconnect.com/dh4sa2018/

Role of Theory in Causal Identification
This conference is held in conjunction with our annual theme series - Research Design is Not Enough. We will invite speakers from Emory and beyond to discuss recent statistical research on the problem of causal inference, which has provided a powerful foundation for both experimental research as well as strong observational designs meant to uncover causation. Visit the conference website for more information.
Georgia Health Economics Research Day 2017
Friday Oct 20, 2017
The purpose of the conference is to promote active discussion and exchange of current research in health economics and health policy, with a focus on researchers in the Atlanta area and surrounding academic communities. We are especialy honored this year to welcome David Grabowski from the department of Healthcare Policy, Harvard Medical School as our keynote speaker. Please RSVP to rtchernis@gsu.edu to attend.  Click HERE for additional information.

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DataFest

DataFest 2018
March 23-25, 2018 || Emory University
DataFest, founded by the American Statistical Association, is a celebration of data in which students work together to find meaning in a large, rich, and complex data set. For three days, students work around the clock to draw insights from a surprise dataset, and on the final day, present those results to a panel of judges. Please visit our Datathons webpage to find out more about DataFest 2018.

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Graduate Student Meet & Greets

Purpose

Since 2013, we have hosted Meet & Greets for graduate students. The purpose of these events is to facilitate networking between students from different academic backgrounds who work with similar quantitative research methods. Each Meet N' Greet will be organized around an identified theme.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
April 20, 2018 || 11:00am-12:00pm || Callaway S103

Please join us for a panel discussion on how dynamic data containing space and time coordinates is used in graduate student research. Speakers: Chen Chen (Environmental Sciences); Alexander Cors (History), and Jen Stowell (Rollins School of Public Health). Lunch is provided, please RSVP HERE to help us estimate food quantities.

To suggest a theme, contact IQTM@emory.edu.

Speaker Series

Research Design is Not Enough

Karim Chalak, Department of Economics, University of Virginia

Measurement Error without Exclusion: The Returns to College Selectivity and Characteristics
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm || Modern Languages 201
Talk Abstract. This paper studies the identification of the coefficients in a linear equation when data on the outcome, covariates, and an error-laden proxy for a latent variable are available. We maintain the classical error-in-variables assumptions and relax the assumption that the proxy is excluded from the outcome equation. This enables the proxy to directly impact the outcome and allows for differential measurement error. Without the exclusion restriction, we first show that the coefficients on the latent variable, the proxy, and the covariates are not identified. Then, we derive the sharp identification regions for these coefficients under either or both of two auxiliary restrictions. The first restriction weakens the assumption of “no measurement error” by imposing an upper bound on the net of the covariates “noise to signal” ratio, i.e. the ratio of the variance of the measurement error to the variance of the latent variable given the covariates. The second restriction weakens the proxy exclusion restriction by specifying whether the latent variable and its proxy affect the outcome in the same or the opposite direction, if at all. Using the College Scorecard data, we employ this framework to study the financial returns to college selectivity and characteristics. Here, college selectivity, defined as the average SAT score of a student cohort, serves as a proxy for the latent average scholastic ability and is included in the average earnings equation. We obtain an informative upper bound on the return to college selectivity which becomes smaller upon conditioning on the instructional expenditures per student and the completion rate. Further, we obtain tight bounds on the returns to the college characteristics and find that conditioning on the composition of majors reduces the magnitude of the bounds on the effect of some of these characteristics, such as the gender composition. Lunch provided - please RSVP by 2/14 to help us estimate food quantities.

Anthony Fowler, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Partisan Tribalism or Policy Voting?
Monday Dec 11, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm || White Hall 102

Special Lecture Series

Steven Durlauf, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Understanding the Great Gatsby Curve
Thursday Feb 1, 2018, 12:00pm-1:30pm || MLB 201
Talk Abstract. The Great Gatsby Curve, the observation that for OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, greater cross-sectional income inequality is associated with lower mobility, has become a prominent part of scholarly and policy discussions because of its implications for the relationship between inequality of outcomes and inequality of opportunities. We explore this relationship by focusing on evidence and interpretation of an intertemporal Gatsby Curve for the United States. We consider inequality/mobility relationships that are derived from nonlinearities in the transmission process of income from parents to children and the relationship that is derived from the effects of inequality of socioeconomic segregation, which then affects children. Empirical evidence for the mechanisms we identify is strong. We find modest reduced form evidence and structural evidence of an intertemporal Gatsby Curve for the US as mediated by social influences.

Lunch provided; please RSVP by end of day 1/29 to attend.

MAP IT Lecture Series (Co-sponsored event series)

Nichole Coleman, Digital Research Architect for the Stanford University Libraries, Consultant for the Stanford University Press's Digital Publications project

Design for Humanistic Inquiry
Thursday Feb 1, 2018, 5:30pm-7:00pm || Woodruff Library Jones Room
Talk Abstract. In the last decade, the use of software tools for data analysis and data visualization has proliferated in the humanities. The availability of digitized material, increasing computational power, and analytical techniques adopted from network science, geospatial analysis, and natural language processing have inspired new ways to interrogate cultural heritage data. But those tools, reliant on statistical modeling, also limit the questions we can ask and the meaning we discover. In order to uncover significance in materials that have passed through many hands, and stories that have been telegraphed by different voices inflected with opinion, argument, and perspective, we need tools that support human-scale exploration of complex systems. The research process requires "thinking through data," which is how we describe the reflective, slow collecting and editing of information, as distinct from the quick, mechanistic, algorithmic approach to data processing. This talk will demonstrate how the requirements of humanistic inquiry are encoded in tools developed at Humanities + Design and why, in this age of artificial intelligence, it is so important to capture the intellectual work of data modeling.

See https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/dmh/about/ for more information.

QSS Major Events

 

It's All About Making Connections

Everything runs on data, and connecting the dots is the essential skill for the 21st century. We offer a variety of venues for students to meet and mingle not only with fellow students, but also with industry experts who work in quantitative fields, and faculty from around campus.

QTM Graduating Seniors Reception
April 25, 2018 || 5:30pm-7:30pm || Location TBA
Congratulations - you're almost at the end! Please join us for the inaugural Senior Recognition Reception honoring May 2018 Graduates. The Institute for Quantitative Methods; Senior Recognition Reception is a graduation celebration specific to QTM majors (QSS, AMS, QSS+BBA, & PPA). At this reception, we will recognize each of our graduating seniors by name. Due to space constraints, we are inviting QTM graduating seniors and QTM faculty and staff to celebrate in the accomplishment of graduating from Emory University with a degree in data science. RSVP is required to attend.
QSS Alumni Panel & Office Hours
March 22, 2018 Panel Discussion || 6:30pm || Location TBA
March 23, 2018 Open Hours for 1-on-1 meetings || 9:00am-4:30pm || Location TBA
Join us for a panel discussion/presentation from real, live QTM Alumni. Hear about their experiences as QTM students, what types of internships they had, what they're doing now and what they're excited about doing in the near future. If you're interested in the possible QTM pathways, this event is for you.
Love Your QSS Majors!
Feb 7, 2018 - Feb 19, 2018 || Modern Languages 409
Declare a QTM major (QSS, AMS, QSS+BBA, or PPA) by February 9 OR like us on Facebook to be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card!
Revenue Management at American Airlines: A Special Lecture for QSS Students
Thursday Oct 19, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm || White Hall 101
Do you love to travel? Do yu thrive in a fast-paced and rewarding environment? Are you looking for a challenging position in one of the world's most exciting industries? Join AA for a special lecture! Learn about demand forecasting, revenue management, and how they're used at AA.
Pathways at the Intersection of Data Science & Liberal Arts
Thursday Oct 19, 2017
Network with individuals across various fields to find out how you can apply your quantitative sciences background! Students: follow this link to RSVP. Employers/Guests: Followthis link to RSVP. RSVP is required to attend.
Data Science Club Kick-Off meeting
Tuesday Aug 29, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm || PAIS250
Interested in data? Join the club - literally. Come by and see what we're about.

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Workshops

Data Visualization & R
Wednesday Mar 7, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Like our Fall workshop, this event with teach participants how to create publication-ready graphics using R’s popular graphing packages,ggplot2andplotly. No prior experience with R or RStudio is necessary to attend. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by: John Bernau, Digital Scholarship Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Limted seating; RSVP required to attend.
Data Cleaning Workshop
Publishing with GitHub
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS, this workshop will show participants how to use GitHub as a repository for publishing. Limted seating; RSVP required to attend.
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Love your data! This workshop, co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS, will engage participants in ethical, practical methods for preparing data for analysis. Limted seating; RSVP required to attend.
Data Visualization with Tableau
Thursday Feb 8, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm

This workshop will provide an overview of Tableau, software for data visualization and analysis. In this workshop, you will learn how to connect to data, create views, perform simple calculations, and bring your views together in a unified way. Please bring a laptop with Tableau Desktop 10.0+ installed. Click here for installation instructions. Visualizations made in past workshops have been tremendously successful, attracting attention from Tableau Labs and Delta. Led by Paul Lisborg, Manager of Business Intelligence & Analytics at Oldcastle Architectural. RSVP required to attend.

Text Mining
Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Like our Fall workshop, the Text Mining workshop provides an introduction to the natural language processing (NLP) methods used to analyze textual data. No prior experience working with text data is needed to attend. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by Sara Palmer, Electronic Full Text Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Limted seating; RSVP required to attend.

Assessing False Positives without Replication
Monday, Dec 11, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm || PAIS 225
This workshop for graduate students and interested faculty will give participants the opportunity to learn from Anthony Fowler, Associate Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Lunch will be served at noon. RSVP by December 6th to attend!
Teaching with Voyant
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
This workshop provides an introduction to Voyant, a text multi-functional text analysis tool, with a focus on teaching applications. No prior experience work is needed to attend. Attendees may use their laptops or classroom computers. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by Sara Palmer, Electronic Full Text Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Please RSVP to attend.
Text Mining in R
Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
This workshop provides an introduction to the natural language processing (NLP) methods used to analyze textual data. No prior experience working with text data is needed to attend. Attendees are asked to bring their laptops. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by Sara Palmer, Electronic Full Text Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Please RSVP to attend.
Python for Data Science
Thursday Oct 26, 2017 4:00pm - 6:30pm || CHEM (Atwood) 260
This workshop is for Python and programming beginners. By the end, you will be ready to start using the programming language Python and its powerful applications to data science in your own work. Led by Jeremy Jacobson, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Institute for Quantitative Theory & Methods. Please RSVP to attend.
Data Visualization with Carto & Tableau
Wednesday Oct 4, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Learn how to summarize and connect to data using Carto and Tableau to create maps and data visualizations. No prior experience with Carto or Tableau is required to attend. Attendees do not need to bring their own laptops. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by Megan Slemmons, GIS Librarian at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Please RSVP to attend.
Data Visualization & R
Thursday Sept 14, 2017 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn how to create publication-ready graphics using R’s popular graphing packages,ggplot2andplotly. No prior experience with R or RStudio is necessary to attend. Attendees may bring laptops with R & RStudio installed, or use classroom computers. This workshop is co-sponsored by QTM and ECDS. Led by: John Bernau, Digital Scholarship Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Please RSVP to attend.

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