Statistical Intuition Without Coding (or Teachers)

23 January 2024, Version 1
This content is an early or alternative research output and has not been peer-reviewed at the time of posting.


Two features of quantitative political methodology make teaching and learning especially difficult: (1) Each new concept of statistics or inference builds on all previous (and sometimes all other relevant) concepts; and (2) motivating substantively oriented students, by teaching these abstract theories simultaneously with the practical details of a statistical programming language (such as R), makes learning each subject harder. We address both problems through a new type of automated teaching tool that helps students see the big theoretical picture and all its separate parts at the same time without having to simultaneously learn to program. This tool, which we make available via one click in a web browser, can be used in a traditional methods class, but is also designed to work without instructor supervision.


quantitative political methodology
automated teaching tool
web application
R Shiny

Supplementary weblinks


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.