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  1. Hello everyone! My name is Vic (they/them) and I’m attempting to find a statistics and methods workshop to keep myself busy. I understand YouTube has plenty of informative videos but I find that I learn better when I’m interacting with the lecturer and other students in the class. If you have any suggestions please let me know!
  2. Next year I'll apply to political science Ph.D. programs. I am currently studying a terminal MA in Political Science, but my BA is in Econ. Since my background is more quantitative than qualitative (the MA program I'm studying is also fairly quantitative) I'm interested in applying to quantitatively oriented programs. I know that Rochester, WUSTL, NYU, and UCLA have very quantitative programs. Could you recommend me other programs with a similar focus? I'm interested in both American and European programs. Thanks.
  3. Here's a bit of my background. Last year I applied to Clinical Psychology programs, but I did not get in. Instead I ended up going to a Masters program in Psychological Research. In this program I took an advanced statistics course, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think I'm pretty good at it. The professor teaching the course is a Quantitative Psychologist. Honestly I had never even heard of this area of psychology. This is likely to having gone to a tiny undergraduate university. I was really excited when I found out about this field because my favorite areas of psychology have always been methodology and analyses (I thrived in Research Methods). Overall, I am really interested in researching measurement. In the clinical realm I was primarily interested in the measurement of personality with emphasis on pathology. I have a strong research background at this point, and a lot of experience with SPSS. My major questions for you guys are as follows... 1) Is there a place in a Quantitative psychology PhD program form someone particularly interested in measurement of personality? 2) I do not have a background in calculus. Is this a problem? Will I be out of my league? I do have four semesters of research methods and three semesters of statistics. 3) I am not particularly interested in creating new statistical methods myself. Is that a problem? 4) Is there anything I need to do to improve my chances for getting into a program? I was thinking about maybe learning R or SAS or both. Is this worthwhile?
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