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Practical statistics for the behavioural sciences Workshop, 18-19 Aug 2016

Processing, Western Sydney University

Date: 19 July 2016

Practical statistics for the behavioural sciences Workshop

Dates: August 18-19, 2016

Lunch/refreshments will be provided

Location: TBC, Bankstown campus, WSU 

Instructors: Heather Kember, Bronson Harry, Jennifer Macritchie, Greg Zelic, Marina Kalashnikova, Chris Carignan and others

Expected knowledge: Honours level statistics in quantitative methods, Masters of Research level research methods or equivalent

Tech requirements: Own laptop will be needed, as well as statistical software. Demonstrations will primarily be in SPSS/Excel but participants will be welcome to use R or any other software. This workshop will NOT be covering information regarding how to use software packages.

This workshop will cover a number of topics that include:

  1. Data handling and manipulation, descriptive statistics
  2. Data transformations
  3. Custom contrasts in ANOVA
  4. Regression based analysis
  5. PCA and factor analysis

We will use datasets collected from actual experiments conducted at The MARCS Institute and provide practical information for handling your data, setting it up for analysis, carrying out the above techniques, and interpreting the results. We will also discuss reasons why we chose the techniques we used, and any issues to overcome. This course is designed to be very hands on, and you will have the opportunity to carry out all analyses and discuss ideas with the instructors. The timetable also allows participants the opportunity to practice using datasets from their own experiments and ask questions of the instructors.

It is not designed to teach participants how to use the software packages, but rather demonstrate and practice techniques that we have found useful in our research.

RSVP: to Heather Kember, h.kember@westernsydney.edu.au. Also include any dietary requirements in the email. 

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