52 - Exploring Data: Examine and Predict Election Results

Issued: Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:55:00 GMT

 

University of Glasgow, Meeting Point - Wolfson Medical Building
6th or 7th June
Session A: 09:45-11:45; Session B: 12:30-14:30 each day
S4-S6
Free

Book places for Session A (morning) on 6th or 7th June
Book places for Session B (afternoon) on 6th or 7th June

Please note that the above two sessions can be taken independently or in combination. Registration for each session is done separately following the links above. You can register for the morning session, the afternoon session, or both.

This event explores how basic concepts learned in maths and statistics are applied within the social sciences to answer important questions, such as who voted for Brexit and if a second referendum were to be held how would people vote? Using basic principles of maths and stats pupils will have the opportunity to work with real British Elections Survey data using our online application to look at the characteristics of voters and link these attributes to vote intention. We will discuss why polls appear to sometimes get it wrong, and what ways pupils should question data they hear about in the media.

  • Session A (Morning Session) will focus on:
    • Identifying key characteristics of voters
    • Locating potential relationships between voter characteristics
    • Generating hypotheses about relationships between voter traits and voter preferences
  • Session B (Afternoon Session) will focus on:
    • Using probability to test hypotheses about relationships between variables
    • Empirically testing for changes in voter characteristics across time
    • Predicting election results

Please note that the above two sessions can be taken independently or in combination. Registration for each session is done separately following the links above. You can register for the morning session, the afternoon session, or both.


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