Understanding Data and Basic Statistics

The purpose of this practical two day workshop is to present an overview of manipulations of data that are often required prior to statistical analysis. Topics will include dealing with outliers, combining data from different sources, calculating annual average growth rates, weighting and smoothing data and constructing indexes.  It will also cover basic statistical methods used in describing data such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and the use of dummy variables in regression analysis.  

The workshop will involve practical exercises on computers using both Excel and Stata.  It will include an introduction to Stata for participants not familiar with that programme.  The exercises will use examples based on data on earnings of workers and on productivity at the industry level. 




Course Summary: 

  • Date: 11 - 12 December 2017
  • Location: Central London
  • Course code: ONS/BDS
  • Price:
    Standard rate £600 + VAT
    Students £100 + VAT* (see below)
    Concessionary rate (ONS Staff, RSS Members, RES Members and Academics) £400 + VAT

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*student travel and accommodation reimbursement may be available, subject to an application process. Contact us for more information

**Concessionary rate for Academics / RES Members / RSS Members / ONS Staff