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Analysis of Complex Survey Data - Online Course

A 4-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

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

10:30am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

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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 June 6, we are offering this seminar as a 4-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. Live captions can be translated to a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, and Italian. For more information, click here.

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"I have five more manuscripts in the pipeline because of this workshop."

“Brady did an exceptional job of making complex topics clear and digestible. By the end of the workshop, I was ready to apply what I learned using publicly available data to answer essential research questions in my research program. I recently published a paper using these data. I have five more manuscripts in the pipeline because of this workshop. The knowledge and skills I learned will also be helpful when I collect my own data using complex survey methods.” 

Will Vincent

Temple University

"This seminar was the perfect balance of conceptual and practical parts."

“This seminar was the perfect balance of conceptual and practical parts. Before taking the class, I found it difficult to follow and understand the survey sample description and often did not pay it much attention. After taking the class, I feel more competent about terminologies related to sample design and I can understand the sample description of the survey data I use. I am now able to pay attention to the design features I should take into account in my analyses.” 

Hyojin Cho

University of Chicago

“I enjoyed the mix of theory and practical application..."

“I enjoyed the mix of theory and practical application in this seminar. Even though I’ve used complex samples before, I was able to gain a better understanding of how the syntax works and the decision-making process.” 

Christine Frank

Department of National Defence

"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. 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, and the references were very good. Brady West is an excellent teacher. He presented complex issues in a clear and understandable way. Highly recommended this 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 that he repeated 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


"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