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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Models

Module 2 covers how to estimate linear and logistic model parameters using survey data. After completing this module, you will understand how the methods used differ from the ones for non-survey data. We also cover the features of survey data sets that need to be accounted for when estimating standard errors of estimated model parameters.