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Multilevel Modeling: A Practical Overview

Brady West

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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About This Course:

This AAPOR webinar will provide participants with a practical overview of essential concepts related to the use of multilevel models in real-world applications. The discussion will touch on fixed vs. random effects, model specification, nested vs. crossed random effects, estimation methods, interpretation, and software options. A brief illustration of these different concepts in a real analysis will also be presented. The webinar will conclude with time for questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify essential concepts and terminology related to multilevel modeling.
  • Apply the results of a multilevel analysis appropriately.
  • Cite examples of different software options for fitting multilevel models.

About the Instructors:

ImageBrady T. West  is a Research Assistant Professor in the Survey Methodology Program (SMP), located within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Institute for Social Research (ISR). He also serves as a Statistical Consultant at the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus. He earned his PhD from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2011. Before that, he received an MA in Applied Statistics from the U-M Statistics Department in 2002, being recognized as an Outstanding First-year Applied Masters student, and a BS in Statistics with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the U-M Statistics Department in 2001. His current research interests include the implications of measurement error in auxiliary variables and survey paradata for survey estimation, survey nonresponse, interviewer variance, and multilevel regression models for clustered and longitudinal data. He is the lead author of a book comparing different statistical software packages in terms of their mixed-effects modeling procedures (Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide using Statistical Software, Second Edition, Chapman Hall/CRC Press, 2014), and he is a co-author of a second book entitled Applied Survey Data Analysis (with Steven Heeringa and Pat Berglund), which was published by Chapman Hall in April 2010. He lives in Dexter, Michigan with his wife Laura, his son Carter, and his American Cocker Spaniel Bailey. More details regarding Brady’s background and publications can be accessed via his personal web site at http://www.umich.edu/~bwest.