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Sam Rowan

I learned statistics the way most of you will learn this year! I had taken an introductory social statistics course in my undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, but the material didn’t really sink in. For me, the small amount of quantitative research that I’d been exposed to seemed very abstract until I started reading more of it on websites like The Monkey Cage and FiveThirtyEight, where I saw new kinds of questions being answered with new kinds of data. When I came to Oxford, I took the introductory and intermediate statistics courses on the MPhil in International Relations and slowly the pieces came together. Now I use statistics in my DPhil to study how participation in international institutions leads states to undertake more cooperative behaviour.

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