# PS 3780 Indiana State University Data Literacy & Visualization Questions

Bonus Assignment 2.5PS 3780 Data Literacy & Visualization, Spring 2023
Due Date: Friday, February 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
Preliminaries of Final Project
THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT
using data visualization. For this assignment, you should propose a theory for a politically
interesting topic and investigate ways to operationalize your theory into testable hypotheses. Choose a topic that you have studied (in a political science class or elsewhere), or a
topic that you would like to know more about, and propose something that:
1. Has interesting political implications
2. Can be answered with available data
3. Lends itself to interesting visualizations
rise and fall of empires?) nor too narrow (How popular was the President last year?).
Shoot for a question that can be explored in 2-4 pages of text and 2-4 original visualizations. Do not simply reproduce an existing analysis or something we have done in class.
1. Either a theoretical question your nal paper will address or a concrete theory that
implies an answer for a politically interesting question and that you want to test
empirically.
2. Keep in mind when you are deciding on your topic that you should have both
an independent (cause) and dependent (eect) variable.
ask: What is the eect of smoking on lung cancer?
For instance, you may
In this example, smoking is
the independent variable, and lung cancer is the dependent variable. Label your
independent and dependent variables.
3. A hypothesis, along with 12 sentence on your logic behind it, about what you think
the relationship(s) will be between your independent and dependent variables.
1
Sample Assignment
1. What is the eect of democracy on country’s willingness to go to war with one
another?
2. The independent variable is the level of democracy of a pair of countries and the
dependent variable is the number of wars between that pair.
3. I expect that democracies are less likely to go to war with other democratic countries
than authoritarian countries. Because democratic leaders have to be responsive to
their citizens, there is signicant pressure on both sides of a conict to avoid war.
However, authoritarian leaders are under fewer constraints and can entrench their
power during conict.
2

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