Fall/Winter 1999-2000:

SCS Seminars and Short Course on Hierarchical/Mixed Models

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The SCS (Statistical Consulting Service) is holding a short course and seminars on hierarchical/mixed models in the 1999/2000 term. The short course is held on Fridays, November 12, 19 and 26, 1999, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Vari Hall 1018. It is necessary to register through the SCS web page. Bi-weekly seminars are held on Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 starting October 15, 1999.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.  We intend to work through Bryk and Raudenbush "Hierarchical Linear Models" (see references below). The approach is eclectic, both theoretical and applied. We expect to focus on the applications of hierarchical models from the point of view of a statistical consultant. Please contact Georges.Monette@mathstat.yorku.ca for more information on exact dates and location.

Getting started with S-Plus

The statistical packages used in the course are In S-Plus, we use the NLME 3.1 package by Doug Bates and Jose Pinheiro. If you are using S-Plus 4.? under Windows, you need to download and install NLME from the NLME web site. Note that version 2 of NLME is built in to Splus 4.? but version 3.1 has much greater capabilities. When loading NLME in S-Plus be sure to specify first = T:
	> library( NLME, first = T)
so the version 3 functions are used instead those from version 2. The course also uses functions from the MASS library from the book Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS by W.N. Venables and B.D. Ripley. You need to download and install the software for windows if you are using S-Plus 4.?. Both NLME 3.0 and MASS are incorporated in S-Plus 2000 and don't need to be downloaded. You might nevertheless want to check the sites above for upgrades.


Please send e-mail to:Georges.Monette@mathstat.yorku.ca to add references to this list.


Week Topics  Links 
Week 1 
October 15
Chapters 1 and 2 of Bryk and Raudenbush.
Week 2 
October 29
Week 3
November 12
Week 4 
November 26
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December 10
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