CSSCR Autumn 2017, Number I

From the New Director

I want to introduce myself as CSSCR's Interim Director and also thank Darryl Holman for his past four years of service as CSSCR Director. (Darryl is now the new Director for the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS)). I must admit that it has been very easy and quite pleasant walking into the CSSCR Director's role! The key staff, Carol, Jeff and Tina are excellent, and keep CSSCR/me running smoothly and professionally! They are dedicated staff aimed at the service mission that is central to CSSCR's role for our member departments and the larger UW community. We have experienced some turnover in our graduate student consulting staff (some graduate students do finish their PhD's!) but you will still find both our seasoned consultants and those newly hired this Summer and Fall Quarters form a core group with great skills and with a service orientation to help you and your students out. As the new director I have inherited a great group of talented staff and graduate students that will likely make me, as Director, look better than I deserve!

For those interested you can find my bio at the Sociology department's webpage under Jerald Herting. As Darryl indicated in our last summer CSSCR newsletter I have a long history with CSSCR having witnessed its origins when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Washington. I believe I have a strong sense CSSCR's value and mission and will try to help it live up to that legacy. I will be reaching out to our members to see that we are still meeting your needs and at any time feel free to send questions or suggestions to me.

This newsletter has our first round of Autumn short courses (for weeks 3 and 4); listed in order of delivery. Registration is open and free to anyone in the UW community. Please let your colleagues, staff, and students know by sharing this newsletter. Individuals can subscribe to the newsletter here, and our newsletter archive is found here.

If you haven't made lab reservations for your Autumn or Winter courses, please do so soon. Autumn quarter is in full swing (though we have some space) and winter schedule is just around the corner. You can verify your lab reservations and check for space availability on our online calendar. Give us a call (206-543-8110) or drop us an email at The labs can be reserved by faculty in our member departments. Students and student groups from our member departments are also welcomed to reserve the labs for workshops, experiments, group projects, etc.

-- Jerry Herting

Short Course Offerings Part I

Introduction to Stata


This course will introduce you to the basic Stata statistical package including reading in STATA datasets, basic data manipulation in Stata, and common statistical procedures.

Instructor: Stephanie Lee, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to R


This course will cover the basics of getting started with R as a statistical programming language. Attendees are assumed to have no basic familiarity with R.

Instructor: William Brown, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to SPSS


This courses introduces the SPSS package including reading in datafiles as well as basic data management and introductory statistical procedures. Additional topics include computing and recoding variables and selecting and filtering cases.

Instructor: Gabby Gorsky, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to R with RStudio


This class will teach you how to get started with R using the free integrated development environment called Rstudio. The course will cover the basic organization of R and RStudio, where to find good help references, and how to begin a basic analysis. This class is ideal for users who have little or no experience with R.

Instructor: Yunkang Yang, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Using the American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates


The Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) is a great source for detailed population and household characteristics, giving estimates and margins of error (MOE) for many aspects of the American population. However, sometimes users must blend ACS results in order to arrive at the exact measure needed. In this class we will explore some Excel-based templates containing several "calculators" that let users enter the published ACS estimates and MOEs to assess the precision of individual estimates, to compare pairs of estimates for their statistical differences and to calculate the MOEs and Standard Errors (SEs) for summing/subtracting, proportion and ratios of estimates. A variety of means for accessing ACS data will be also introduced.

Instructor: Tina Tian, CSSCR Data Specialist
Date: Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Savery 121
Register here.

To register for the above classes, follow this link.

Recent and New Data at CSSCR

  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Summary File estimates for Washington State
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Summary File estimates for US
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for Washington State
  • 2011-2015 5-year ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for US
  • NEW data
  • 2016 1-year ACS Summary File estimates for Washington State
  • 2016 1-year ACS Summary File estimates for the US for US

CSSCR maintains the UW membership in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). All members of the UW community have direct access to ICPSR's data archive of over 9,900 studies. Please contact us if you have questions or need more information about using this resource for accessing data or adding your data to the ICPSR repository. ICPSR new data releases and other news can be found here.

The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) is an interdepartmental computer center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. CSSCR provides facilities and consulting support for computing activity related to teaching and research at the University.

Hours of Operation

Autumn Quarter

Consulting and Computers are available Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 9:00pm, Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Main Office: Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
We are closed weekends and for university holidays. NOTE: we will close early at 5pm on November 22nd (day before Thanksgiving Holiday)

Contact Us

Center for Social Science Computation & Research
University of Washington
110 Savery Hall
Box 353345
Seattle, Washington 98195 U.S.A.
(206) 543-8110
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to Jerald Herting at CSSCR so we may discuss the accommodations you might need for class.
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