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Statistical modelling of time-to-event data using survival analysis: an introduction for animal behaviourists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists (TTED01)
21st January 2019 - 25th January 2019
Survival analysis is a set of statistical methods initially designed to analyse data giving the times at which individuals die, and assess the effect that different predictor variables have on the rate of death. However, its applications are much broader than this: it can be used to analyse any time-to-event data. Ecologists and evolutionary biologists often encounter data of this kind. Often factors influencing survival itself will be of interest. But there are many other cases, e.g. what factors influence the time of first breeding? Or the time taken to reach maturity? Animal behaviourists too will encounter this type of data frequently, e.g. what factors influence the time it takes to learn a novel behaviour pattern? Or the time to respond to a stimulus? etc. And yet the techniques of survival analysis are not generally well known by researchers in these disciplines.
In this course, you will learn how to apply survival analysis models to quantify the effect that predictor variables (continuous or discrete) have on the rate at which events occur, and how to test hypotheses about these effects. We will focus on a flexible modelling technique called the Cox proportional hazards model, which makes minimal assumptions about the underlying probability distributions. You will learn how to fit and interpret these models, how to evaluate its assumptions, and how to extend it to model time dependent variables, random effects, multistate models and competing risks models.
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The instructors were excellent and clearly were the reasons for my previous comments. They both combined a deep understanding of statistics and ecology at the same level.Any questions or queries I’ve had, were thus first answered with an ecological point of view and then translated into statistical consideration thereby making much more sense on both side.In addition the course was very well organised, the course director and the two instructors were very friendly as well as professional. On the top of learning many useful things, I’ve also had a very good time during the week there.” Clement Garcia,
Spatial ecologist, Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), England
(Attended ADVR course)