In this course you will learn how to use survey weights to estimate descriptive statistics, like means and totals, and more complicated quantities like model parameters for linear and logistic regressions. Software capabilities will be covered with R® receiving particular emphasis. The course will also cover the basics of record linkage and statistical matching—both of which are becoming more important as ways of combining data from different sources. Combining of datasets raises ethical issues which the course reviews. Informed consent may have to be obtained from persons to allow their data to be linked. You will learn about differences in the legal requirements in different countries.

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Basic Estimation

After completing Modules 1 and 2 of this course you will understand how to estimate descriptive statistics, overall and for subgroups, when you deal with survey data. We will review software for estimation (R, Stata, SAS) with examples for how to estimate things like means, proportions, and totals. You will also learn how to estimate parameters in linear, logistic, and other models and learn software options with emphasis on R. Module 3 and 4 discuss how you can add additional data to your analysis. This requires knowing about record linkage techniques, and what it takes to get permission to link data.