Multilevel Modeling of

Non-Normal Data, May 2017

For Participants: Here are materials and information that will help you get ready for the seminar.

Time and Place. The first session will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, in the River Room at the Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605. If possible, try to arrive about 10 minutes earlier to check in and get organized. Class will end around 5 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

Transportation and Parking. Directions can be found here. A list of parking garages can be found here

Computers. This is a hands-on course with at least one hour each day devoted to carefully structured and supervised assignments. To do the exercises, you will need to bring your own laptop computer with a recent version of SAS or Stata and the free student version of SuperMix installed. SuperMix can be downloaded at and Wifi internet access will be provided.

Wifi Instructions:
Network: Conference
Password (case sensitive): 2conference 

NOTE: If you have Windows 7 or older, please run Supermix as administrator. Windows 8 and more recent should run as a regular user.

There is now a free version of SAS, called the SAS University Edition, that is available to anyone. It has everything needed to run the exercises in this course, and it will run on Windows, Mac or Linux computers. However, you do need a 64-bit machine with at least 1 GB of RAM. You also have to download and install virtualization software that is available free from third-party vendors. The SAS Studio interface runs in your browser, but you do not have to be connected to the Internet. The download and installation are a bit complicated, but well worth the time and effort.  

For Stata users, release 13 or 14 will work well; IC, SE, or MP versions are all acceptable. Stata 12 is OK, but earlier versions of Stata will lack some of the functionality demonstrated in the seminar. 

Stata is licensed through StataCorp ( and is frequently offered at a significant discount through academic institutions to their employees and students. Seminar participants who are not yet ready to purchase Stata could take advantage of StataCorp’s 30-day software return policy and obtain Stata 14 on a trial basis in the weeks immediately preceding this course. Use this link for 30-day trial copy-

Materials. Files for download are available here. The files are available in SAS or Stata. Downloads must be completed PRIOR to the course. 

Optional Readings. Please access readings here.

Food. Coffee and tea will be served in the morning.

The following restaurants/convenient stores are located next to Conference Chicago:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Epic Burger
  • Panera
  • Spang-lish
  • Panda Express
  • Wing Stop

If you need additional information, please give us a call at (1-610-715-0115) or send an e-mail message to