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Analysis of Complex Survey Data - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Brady West
Course Dates:

Thursday, November 3 –
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time) Thursday-Saturday
1:30pm-4:00pm Thursday, 1:30pm-3:30pm Friday & Saturday

Standard courses on statistical analysis assume that survey data are collected from a simple random sample of the target population. Little attention is given to design features of the survey, including unequal probabilities of observation and stratified multistage sampling.

Most software procedures commonly used for data analysis in statistical software packages, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata, do not allow the analyst to take these properties of survey data into account. Failure to do so can have an important impact on estimation and population inference for all types of analyses, ranging from simple descriptive statistics to multivariable regression models.

This seminar provides a practical introduction to statistical methods for the analysis of complex sample survey data. Such data typically include weights that adjust for differences in probability of selection, differences in subgroup response rates, stratification, and clustering, often in multiple stages.

Starting November 3, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously.

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

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“The lectures were so clear..."

“The lectures were so clear, and I liked the very practical comments from the instructor about ‘best practices’ and then ‘sometimes necessary’ other approaches.”

Sarah Parker

University of Saskatchewan

"It gave confidence..."

“Brady West’s course started with a delightful review of the basic theory of complex survey design with transparent demonstrations of code in Stata and R in both class and lab sessions. It gave confidence regarding earlier work and provided valuable information for writing future grants and for plans to conduct longitudinal analyses of complex survey datasets.”

Terry Murphy

Penn State College of Medicine

"Brady West is an excellent teacher."

“This was an excellent course. Very well done. The topics selected were appropriate, the quality of the instruction was high, the references were very good. Brady West is an excellent teacher. He presented complex issues in a clear and understandable way. Highly recommended course for empirical analysts.”

Gustavo Angeles

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"I learned more in this 3 day course than in any of my other stats courses.”

“Brady is an excellent instructor. It was very useful for me how he repeats the idea a couple of times for clarity, without sounding repetitive or being distracting. I learned more in this 3 day course than in any of my other stats courses.”

Margarita Correa-Mendez


"...Dr. West was very knowledgeable..."

“I thought that Dr. West was very knowledgeable about the subject area. He was able to answer all our questions and provide us with additional resources.”

Naomi Greene

National Cancer Institute, NIH

"Brady West was a fantastic teacher..."

“The practical statistical examples in the software packages were super helpful. The instructor, Brady West, was a fantastic teacher and took the time to answer everyone’s questions in great detail. I would take another one of his classes in a heartbeat!”

Caleb Milliken

University of Michigan

"I have learned a lot..."

“I appreciated that there was a lot of room to ask questions. It was also great to hear other people’s issues, as they often relate to your own. I have learned a lot and would certainly recommend.”

Margo van Gurp

KIT Royal Tropical Institute