Bayesian Multilevel Modeling

QIPSR will be offering a 3-day introductory workshop on Bayesian analysis and multilevel modeling in Stata from May 15th-17th. Please register below for updates on location and reading material.

Stata has recently made great strides in allowing users to employ Bayesian models. However, these techniques are very different from the traditional frequentist approaches that are familiar to Stata users.  This workshop will walk participants through some of the primary differences between frequentist and Bayesian models, the underlying techniques used to solve Bayesian problems, how to specify models in Stata, and how torun and interpret diagnostics for these models. While we will focus on multilevel modelling applications, this workshop will be generally useful for anyone interested in understanding the Bayesian options in Stata 15.

We will use the canned ‘bayes’ suite of commands as well as the StataStan program. Registered participants will be provided with a temporary license for Stata 15MP and links to files for Stan. Users will need to have both programs pre-installed on their machines before the workshop begins or will otherwise be able to check out a laptop while they last.

Prior exposure to Bayesian methods is useful but not expected. The minimum requirement to find this workshop useful is a background in linear modeling and some exposure to maximum likelihood. We will focus on multilevel modeling in particular so some background exposure to mixed effects or multilevel models would also be beneficial. A set of optional (strongly recommended) background readings will be provided for people who register for the workshop about a week in advance.


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