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Advancing in statistical modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R (ADVR08)

21st January 2019 - 25th January 2019

£275.00 – £490.00
Advancing in statistical modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R (ADVR08)

Event Date

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Course Format

This is a ‘LIVE COURSE’ – the instructor will be delivering lectures and coaching attendees through the accompanying computer practical’s via video link, a good internet connection is essential.

Course Program

TIME ZONE – UTC+2 – however all sessions will be recorded and made available allowing attendees from different time zones to follow a day behind with an additional 1/2 days support after the official course finish date (please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com for full details or to discuss how we can accommodate you).

Course Details

This course will provide an introduction to working with real-life data typical of those encountered in the field of evolutionary biology and ecology. The course will be delivered by Dr. Luc Bussiere, Dr. Tom Houslay and Dr. Ane Timenes Laugen who are all practicing academics in the field of evolutionary biology. This five day course will consist of series of modules (each lasting roughly half a day) covering model selection and simplification, generalised linear models, mixed effects models, and non-linear models. Along the way you will gain in depth experience in data ‘wrangling’, data and model visualisation and plotting, as well as exploring and understanding model diagnostics. Classes will comprises of a mixture of lectures and practicals designed to either build required skills for future modules or to perform a family of analyses that is frequently encountered in the biological literature.

Intended Audiences

The course is aimed at biologists with a basic to moderate knowledge in R. The course content is designed to bridge the gap between basic R coding and more advanced statistical modelling.

Venue

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google map

Course Information
Availability – 20 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English
Packages

We offer COURSE ONLY and ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES;
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner Monday evening, farewell dinner Thursday evening, refreshments and accommodation. Self catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approx. a 6 minute walk form the PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 20th January (after 5pm) and departure Friday 25th January (accommodation must be vacated by 9am).

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.

Teaching Format

A mixture of lectures and hands-on practicals. Data sets for computer practicals will be provided by the instructors, but participants are welcome to bring their own data.

Assumed quantitative knowledge

A basic understanding of statistical concepts, including statistical significance and hypothesis testing

Assumed computer background

Familiarity with R. Ability to import/export data, manipulate data frames, fit basic statistical models & generate simple exploratory and diagnostic plots. Relative newcomers to programming in R will be provided (by the instructors) with some introductory exercises to complete prior to the course. This will introduce some of the core features of R and RStudio before the course starts.

Equipment and software requirements

A laptop/personal computer with a working version or R and RStudio installed. R and RStudio are supported by both PC and MAC and can be downloaded for free by following these links

https://cran.r-project.org/

Download RStudio

UNSURE ABOUT SUITABLILITY THEN PLEASE ASK oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Assumed quantitative knowledge

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Assumed computer background

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Equipment and software requirements

Attendees will need to install/update R/RStudio and various additional R packages.

This can be done on Macs, Windows, and Linux.

R – https://cran.r-project.org/

RStudio – https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/

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PLEASE READ – CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com. Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that a course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund of the course fees will be credited.

If you are unsure about course suitability, please get in touch by email to find out more

info@clovertraining.co.uk

COURSE PROGRAMME

Sunday 20th
Meet at Flat 2/1, 43 Cook Street, Glasgow G5 8JN at approx. 17:00 onwards

Monday 21st – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Course introduction; techniques for data manipulation, aggregation, and visualisation; introduction to linear regression. Packages: {tidyr}, {dplyr}, {ggplot2}

Tuesday 22nd – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Linear models (diagnostics, collinearity, scaling, plotting fitted values); fitting and interpreting interaction terms; model selection and simplication; general linear models and ANCOVA.
Packages: {stats}, {car}

Wednesday 23rd – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Generalized linear models (logistic and Poisson regression); predicting using model objects and visualizing model fits. Packages: {broom}, {visreg}, {ggplot2}

Thursday 24th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30

Mixed effects models in theory and practice; visualising fixed and random effects.
Packages: {lme4}, {broom}, {ggplot2}, {sjPlot}

Friday 25th – Classes from 09:30 to 16:00

Fitting nonlinear functions (polynomial & mechanistic models); brief introduction to more advanced topics & combining methods (e.g., generalised linear mixed effects, nonlinear mixed effects, and zero-inflated and zero-altered models). Packages: {nlsTools}

Course Instructor


 

Dr. Antoine Becker-Scarpitta

Works at – University of Helsink
Teaches – Multivariate analysis of ecological communities in R with the VEGAN package (VGNR03)
Antoine is a plant community ecologist working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Botany of the Academy of the Czech Republic. Antoine holds a degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Paris-Sud-Orsay, and from the Natural History Museum of Paris, he obtained his PhD in Biology/Ecology from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Antoine’s research focuses on the temporal dynamics of biodiversity with a particular focus on the forest and Arctic vegetation. Antoine has taught community ecology, plant ecology and evolution, linear and multivariate statistics assisted on R.

Details

Start:
21st January 2019
End:
25th January 2019
Cost:
£275.00 – £490.00
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Venue

PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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Phone:
07966500340
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