﻿ Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis at The University of Essex

1C Applying Regression:

Dr Jeremy Miles, Senior Quantitative Analyst at Google
11 - 22 July (two week course / 35 hrs)

Jeremy Miles is a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Google. He is author (with Mark Shevlin) of Applying Correlation and Regression Analysis (Sage. 2001); author of Research Methods and Statistics (Crucial Press. 2001), author (with Phil Banyard) of Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology (Sage, 2007), co-author (with Andy Field) of Discovering Statistics Using SAS (Sage, 2010), co-editor (with Paul Gilbert) of A Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology (Oxford, 2005) and co-editor (with Brian Stucky) of Quantitative Research in Psychology [don’t even think about buying this book]. He has served as chair of the British Psychological Society Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Section, and is associate editor of the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology; Frontiers in Measurement and Quantitative Psychology, and PLOSOne. ,He also serves as statistical editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, and the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Course Content

• The module will cover the theory and practice of regression analysis in its various forms. Regression models (broadly defined) are models which attempt to use predictors to explain a single outcome variable. This outcome variable may be continuous, ordinal, categorical or discrete counts and the predictors may be interval or categorical. The predictors may be linear, non-linear, or interactive.
• Although the focus of the course is applying regression, we will start by looking at the meaning of models in statistics. We will consider the mean, correlation and regression as models, and regression to the mean. We look at describing models, and at statistical significance and confidence intervals (although we expect you to have prior knowledge of these areas, we will refresh them). In the third part we move on to develop more complex models (e.g. hierarchical regression, categorical independent variables), and consider the implications of the assumptions made in regression analysis (including the effect of their violation). We then look at extending regression in different ways: logistic regression, path analysis, interactions, Poisson regression and we will finish with a look at some more advanced techniques, such as multilevel modelling. Throughout the module we will cover examples in Stata, and occasionally use other programs, e.g. GPower for power analysis.

Course Objectives

• The module will enable participants to carry out a range of regression analyses. It is appropriate for participants who have covered some statistics, and wish to extend their knowledge to modelling more complex social science phenomena. The module provides appropriate background for people who want to go on to modules such as multilevel modelling, probit and logit analysis, or structural equation modelling. The module starts off on a similar ground to the Introduction to Regression module, but proceeds more quickly and reaches beyond the material discussed in that module.

Course Prerequisites

• The module starts from the beginning - we cover the mean, standard deviation, statistical significance, etc, but participants should probably consider this a refresher, and should have knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics. Similarly, while we begin with simple correlation and regression, we will be thinking about these in some (possibly) new ways. We will use Stata – if you’re not familiar with Stata this is not a problem; it’s very straightforward and students pick it up within a few minutes. We shall use Excel a little at the start as well. (If students prefer, they can use SAS or R instead.)

• We will expect that you have some knowledge of descriptive statistics, statistical significance, correlation, sampling and estimation, and will only cover these things briefly. Any introductory statistics book from your field will cover these issues. A couple of examples would be:
• Miles, J and Banyard, P (2007). Understanding and using statistics in psychology. London: Sage.
• But there are many others that you may be familiar with, which are just as good, or even better.
• If you’re not familiar with Stata, a little practice would not hurt, but is not necessary, and the same goes for Excel. (Please feel free to contact me if you would like guidance on what you need to know – Jeremy.miles@gmail.com).