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Network Science

How can networks help us understand and predict social systems? How to find important individuals and communities? How to predict unobserved connections between genes? How to learn the dependencies between interrelated entities? How can we stop disease spreading in networks? In this course, we provide participants with the conceptual and practical skills necessary to use network science tools to answer social, economic and biological questions.

Introduction to Python

If you are looking for a powerful programing language you should learn Python, a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. It is easy for beginners to learn Python and widely use it in many scientific areas for data exploration. This workshop is an introduction to the Python programming language and in particular is geared towards people new to the language and who may, or may not, have experience with other programming languages. In this Python training workshop you learn to program in Python 3.

Text Analysis with Python

This course introduces the basic concepts of text analysis in Python. In this course, participants will learn how to apply text mining methods on text data and analyse them in a pipeline with machine learning and natural language processing algorithms. The course has a strongly practical hands-on focus, and participants will gain experience in using text mining on real data.

Structural Equation Modelling in Mplus

If you expect to work with the software Mplus, this course can help you to get started!  This online course is a compact 1-day workshop introducing Mplus. We will focus on preparing data for Mplus, introducing common model syntax, avoiding common mistakes, interpreting output, and dealing with common error messages. Practice exercises demonstrate multiple regression and factor analysis models, which are the basis structural equation models in Mplus.

Regression in R

Linear regression is one of the most ubiquitous statistical methods. Most statistical techniques can be viewed as either special cases of linear regression (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA) or generalisations of linear regression (e.g., multilevel modelling, SEM, neural networks, GLM, survival analysis). In this course, students will learn how to apply linear regression techniques in R. We will cover (multiple) linear regression, categorical predictor variables, moderation, prediction, and diagnostics. Students will practice what they learn via practical exercises.

Missing Data in R

Missing data are ubiquitous in nearly every data analytic enterprise. Simple ad-hoc techniques for dealing with missing values such as deleting incomplete cases or replacing missing values with the item mean can cause a host of (hidden) problems. In this workshop, we will discuss principled methods for treating missing data and how to apply these methods in R. We will cover basic missing data theory, methods for exploring/quantifying the extent of the missing data problem and two principled methods for correcting the missing data: multiple imputation and full information maximum likelihood. Students will practice what they learn via practical exercises.

Introduction to R

This workshop will introduce students to the R statistical programming language. R is a completely free and open-source programming language and environment for statistical analysis. In this course, students will learn what R is and how it differs from other statistical software packages and programming languages. They will learn the basics of data I/O, manipulation, and visualisation in R. We will also cover basic statistical analyses such as t-tests, correlation, ANOVA, and linear regression. Students will practice what they learn via practical exercises.

Introduction to JASP and (Bayesian) Hypotheses Evaluation - Free for employees of the Faculty Social Sciences of Utrecht University (FSS-UU)

Since 2018 the first year bachelorstudents of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Utrecht University learn to work with JASP and how to (Bayesianly) evaluate hypotheses using JASP. The course is tailored to lecturers and researchers who want to learn what the bachelor students of FSBS learn about JASP and (Bayesian) hypotheses evaluation (and a little bit more). This course is applied, hands-on, and build around concepts and not formulas.

AI-Aided Systematic Reviewing

More and more researchers rely upon Systematic Reviews: attempts to synthesize the state of the art in a particular scientific field. However, the scientific output of the world doubles every nine years. In this tsunami of new knowledge, there is not enough time to read everything – resulting in costly, abandoned or error-prone work. Using the latest methods from the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), you can reduce the number of papers to screen up to 95%(!). This summer school course introduces you to the open-source software ASReview to help you speed up your systematic review.

Data Science: Programming with Python

Python has become the dominant programming language used in data science. This course offers an introduction to computational thinking about data-related problems and the implementation of data analysis programmes with Python. It starts at the very basics and is explicitly intended for students who have no or only little programming experience.

Data Science: Data Analysis

The course Data science: Data Analysis offers a range of techniques and algorithms from statistics, machine learning and data mining to make predictions about future events and to uncover hidden structures in data. The course has a strong practical focus: participants actively learn how to apply these techniques to real data and how to interpret their results. The course covers both classical and modern topics in data analysis.

Data Science: Statistical Programming with R

This course offers an elaborate introduction to statistical programming with R. Students learn to operate R, form pipelines for data analysis, make high quality graphics, fit, assess, and interpret a variety of statistical models, and do advanced statistical programming. The statistical theory in this course covers t-testing, regression models for linear, dichotomous, ordinal, and multivariate data, statistical inference, statistical learning, bootstrapping, and Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

Data Science: Multiple Imputation in Practice

This four-day course teaches you the basics in solving your own missing data problems appropriately. Participants will learn how to form imputation models, how to combine data sets, how to model non-response, how to use diagnostics to inspect the imputed values, how to obtain valid inference on incomplete data and how to avoid many of the pitfalls associated with real-life missing data problems.

Modeling the Dynamics of Intensive Longitudinal Data

This is a four-day course on how to study dynamics in intensive longitudinal data, such as ambulatory assessments (AA), experience sampling method (ESM) data, ecological momentary assessments (EMA), real time data capture, observational data or electronic daily diaries. We provide a tour of diverse modeling approaches for such data and the philosophies behind them, as well as practical experience with these modeling techniques using different software packages (including R and Mplus).

Data Science: Introduction to Text Mining with R

Applications of text mining are everywhere: social media, web search, advertising, emails, customer service, healthcare, marketing, etc. In this course, students will learn how to apply text mining methods on text data and analyse them in a pipeline with statistical learning algorithms. The course has a strongly practical hands-on focus, and students will gain experience in using and interpreting text mining on data examples from humanities, social sciences, and healthcare.

Data Science: Applied Text Mining

This course introduces the basic and advanced concepts and ideas in text mining and natural language processing. In this course, students will learn how to apply text mining methods on text data and analyse them in a pipeline with machine learning and deep learning algorithms. The course has a strongly practical hands-on focus, and students will gain experience in using text mining on real data from social sciences, humanities, and healthcare and interpreting the results.

Advanced Course on using Mplus

This is a five-day course on structural equation modelling (SEM) using Mplus. If you already know how to analyse your data in Mplus but want to learn more about what you are actually doing, and especially if you want to know more about advanced longitudinal analyses, this course is for you. The course consists of in-depth lectures on the fundamentals of Mplus and advanced longitudinal models.

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling using Mplus

We offer a 5-day course on how to perform basic SEM analyses using Mplus. The main objective of this course is to learn how to analyse several models with Mplus (e.g., path models, multiple group models, mediation and moderation, confirmatory factor analysis, and longitudinal models). No previous knowledge of Mplus is assumed, but prior knowledge of SEM, although not mandatory, will make this course more useful.

A Gentle Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

This course introduces all the essential ingredients needed to start Bayesian inference or model selection. We discuss specifying priors, obtaining the posterior, prior/posterior predictive checking, sensitivity analyses, and the usefulness of a specific class of priors called shrinkage priors. We also discuss evaluating hypotheses via the Bayes Factor, using information criteria and aggregating evidence from multiple studies. We propose strategies for reproducibility and reporting standards, outlining the WAMBS-checklist (when to Worry and how to Avoid the Misuse of Bayesian Statistics). We have prepared many exercises in R (brms, blavaan, rjags, rstan, rstanarm, bayesreg, restrictor, bain) to get hands-on experience.

Introduction to Multilevel Analysis

This course will teach you the theoretical basics of multilevel modelling and some important methodological and statistical issues. You will also learn how to analyse multilevel data sets with the HLM, Mplus and R programmes, to interpret the output and to report the results. The benefits of multilevel analysis are discussed both in theory as with empirical examples. This course restricts to a quantitative (i.e. continuous) outcome variable. Categorical outcomes are part of the course Advanced Multilevel.

Survey Research: Statistical Analysis and Estimation

The course is based on a total survey error perspective and discusses the major sources of survey error. Participants will be presented with tools for detection and adjustment of such errors. Analysis methods are introduced using both SPSS and R. Topics include complex sampling, nonresponse adjustment, measurement error, analysis of incomplete data and advanced use of administrative data. Special attention will be given to the analysis of complex surveys that include weighting, stratification and design effects.

Survey Research: Design, Implementation and Data Processing

Changes in technology and society strongly influence modern survey research. This course covers the essentials of modern survey methodology, organized by the Department of Methodology and Statistics in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Central to the course is survey quality and the reduction of Total Survey Error (coverage, sampling, nonresponse, including questionnaire and mode effects), while balancing logistics and survey costs. Best practice guidelines for surveys from design to implementation, analysis and reporting will be discussed.

Applied Multivariate Analysis

The summer school course 'Applied Multivariate Analysis' offers hands-on experience using SPSS for the most frequently encountered multivariate statistical techniques in the social and behavioural sciences. The emphasis is on applying multivariate techniques using the computer programme SPSS, and on how to interpret the SPSS output in substantive terms. During the course, we do not discuss the mathematical details of these techniques.

Advanced Survey Design

This course in ‘advanced survey design’ takes students beyond the introductory courses and will discuss the state of the art in both the design and the analysis of survey data. We discuss new ways to analyse modern surveys, including non-probability survey designs, and surveys conducted via apps. Course participants must be proficient working with the statistical software package R at the level of at least knowing Tidy and multivariate regression in R.

Advanced Multilevel Analysis

This three-day course will teach you advanced topics in multilevel modelling. It  builds upon the contents of the other summer school course “Introduction to multilevel analysis”. It consists of three days with lectures in the morning and computer labs in the afternoon. After taking this course, you should be able to analyse more complex multilevel models and to interpret and report the results.