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How to Choose a Model for Longitudinal Data - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

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

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

With the growing availability of longitudinal data, researchers are inevitably confronted with the challenge of choosing an appropriate model. The range of possibilities is enormous. In an ideal world, theory and substantive arguments would be sufficiently clear to dictate a single, best model. But in practice, there is usually little guidance and much confusion. Often, researchers find themselves limited by conventional models and trends that are specific to their field, potentially missing out on more effective alternatives.

This seminar is designed to break those boundaries. It will teach and illustrate empirical methods for comparing and selecting the most suitable longitudinal models. Building on a structural equation modeling framework, it will introduce autoregressive models, random and fixed effects, latent growth curve models, and the autoregressive latent trajectory (ALT) model.

You’ll then learn how these and other models can be embedded in a general latent variable ALT (LV-ALT) model. This approach not only streamlines the selection of an appropriate longitudinal model but also enhances your ability to interpret and communicate the results from complex models with confidence.

Starting April 4, 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. Live captions can be translated to a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, and Italian. For more information, click here.

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