Step by Step in Survey Weighting

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Step by Step in Survey Weighting - Course Details

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Single Course Price:

400.00 EUR (tax exempt)



Benjamin M. Reist (NASA)

Video lecture:

Richard Valliant, PhD (University of Michigan)


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Course Description

Short Course Description
This course is a statistical methods class combining hands-on applications and general review of the theory for survey weighting.

Sampling theory, Applied sampling (e.g., SURV626), or Practical Tools (Part I) for Sampling.
Some experience with variance estimation, statistical analysis using survey data, and the R statistical computing software will be helpful.

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

  • role of survey weights in population inference.
  • steps in weighting, including computation of base weights, nonresponse adjustments, and uses of auxiliary data.
  • nonresponse adjustment alternatives, including weighting cell adjustments, formation of cells using classification algorithms, and propensity score adjustments.
  • weighting via poststratification, raking, general regression estimation, and other types of calibration.
  • assessing if weights are not needed

Course Composition
This is a 2 ECTS course, which runs for 4 weeks. The content of the course is broken down into 4 units:

  1. Basic Steps in Weighting
  2. Basic Steps in Weighting (continued)
  3. Calibration and Other Uses of Auxiliary Data in Weighting
  4. Calibration (continued) and Replicate Weights

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:

  •  4 H omework assignments (worth 60% total)
  • A take-home final exam (worth 30%)
  • Class Participation (worth 10%) in discussion during the weekly online meetings and posting questions to the weekly forum demonstrating understanding of the required readings and video lectures

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