Generalized Linear Models

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Generalized Linear Models - Course Details

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Single Course Price:

800.00 EUR (tax exempt)



Prof. Thomas Gautschi (University of Mannheim)

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Prof. Thomas Gautschi (University of Mannheim)


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Course Description

Short Course Description
The main focus of this course lies on the introduction to statistical models and estimators beyond linear regression useful to social and economic scientists. It provides an overview of generalized linear models (GLM) that encompass non-normal response distributions to model functions of the mean. GLMs thus relate the expected mean E(Y) of the dependent variable to the predictor variables via a specific link function. This link function permits the expected mean to be non-linearly related to the predictor variables. Examples for GLMs are the logistic regression, regressions for ordinal data, or regression models for count data. GLMs are generally estimated by use of maximum likelihood estimation. The course thus not only introduces GLMs but starts with an introduction to the principle of maximum likelihood estimation. A good understanding of the classical linear regression model is a prerequisite and required for the course.

A sound understanding of linear regression models (OLS) is required. Knowledge in linear algebra and calculus is useful.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students will…

  • understand how to appropriately translate research questions into statistical models
  • be able to apply statistical models appropriate for non-linear problems
  • estimate regression parameters using the maximum likelihood principle
  • perform hypothesis tests for regression models using the maximum likelihood principle
  • be able to identify limitations of non-linear regression models
  • be able to identify violations of the respective regression assumptions of the discussed GLMs

Course Composition
This is a 4 ECTS course, which runs for 8 weeks. The content of the course is broken down into 4 units:

  1. Maximum Likelihood Estimation
  2. Binary Choice Models
  3. Models for Ordinal Data
  4. Models for Count Data

Learning and Teaching Methods
In this course, you are responsible for watching video recorded lectures and reading the required literature for each unit and then “attending” mandatory weekly one-hour online meetings where students have the chance to discuss the materials from a unit with the instructor. In addition, students are encouraged to post questions about the materials covered in the videos and readings of the week in the forum before the meetings. Just like in an on-site course, homework will be assigned and graded and there will be a final exam at the end of the course.

Grading will be based on:

  • 7 homework assignments (worth 49% total)
  • Participation in online meetings and submission of questions demonstrating understanding of readings (worth 10%)
  • Final Exam (worth 41%)


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