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Prediction, Persuasion, and Power (DSI210)

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Make+Think+Code@PNCA

511 Northwest Broadway

Room 217

Portland, OR 97209

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Instructor: Nandini Ranganathan

Jan27, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Jan28, 2018. 1:00PM - 5:00 PM

In order to navigate a complex world saturated with data, we need to be able to critically interpret quantitative claims and assertions. In this course, we study the intersection of aata science, society, and power. We investigate the gathering, interpretation, and analysis of quantitative information in the context of political and civic systems, exploring how data can be used to inform, advocate, and manipulate. We explore current methods and tools that allow us to reveal hidden patterns in data, investigating a myriad of data sets and systems including social media. We inquire into assumptions, cultural context, methodology, and concepts of ambiguity and bias. Through case studies and models, we look at systems of voting, apportionment and decision-making and study methods of representing quantitative information and relationships visually in ways that facilitate a deeper analysis and understanding. Most importantly, we explore the dark side of bad data --- the skillful misuse of numbers and deceptive statistics by power structures to manipulate and mislead.

Prerequisite: Open to all

Required Materials: A laptop with web access.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.edu with your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pca.edu.


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