This brief guide will help you to obtain a dataset for Statistics 101. On the tabbed pages, you can download subsets of the General Social Survey and the American National Elections Study.
You may also visit the searchable Duke Data and Visualization Services collection page, which contains more than 400 datasets that cover a wide variety of topics.
Most data sources contain a mixture of numerical and categorical variables, but may not explicitly state this on the web page or the documentation. We advise looking at the documentation or summary statistics for the variables in your chosen dataset to make this determination. The following three tabs present three data collections that have been popular in Stats 101.
The Data and Visualization Lab in 226 Perkins maintains software (and has staff) that can assist in moving data into R. Ease of access to the data in R should not be the primary factor in determining a datasource- but it should be a factor in selecting variables for your project. Once more, we are happy to advise!