Advanced Statistics: Statistical Modeling

Date 20 - 23 August 2018
Speaker(s) Frédéric Schütz, Linda Dib
Fees *academic: 240 CHF   -   for-profit: 1200 CHF
Cancellation deadline 10 Aug 2018
City Lausanne
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.

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In this course, we will see more advanced statistical models and techniques to provide you the necessary set of tools that will enable you to analyze different types of (biological) data, beyond classical linear modeling.

The course will be centered on "statistical modeling" applied to biological problems. Topics addressed during this course include advanced linear models, mixed models, generalized linear models, longitudinal data analysis. The emphasis will be put on concrete applications in biology, enabling the participants to analyze data consisting for example of counts or presence/absence of a feature.


This course is intended for life scientists who already have some basic knowledge of statistics and the programming language "R".

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

  • understand statistical modeling
  • understand the specificities of the different models
  • identify the appropriate model to analyze a dataset
  • fit the desired model using R

Brief course program

  • Monday: advanced linear models
  • Tuesday: generalized linear models
  • Wednesday: linear mixed models
  • Thursday: longitudinal data analysis


Knowledge / competencies:

The course is intended to people already familiar with basic statistics and R. In particular people who have already followed the course "introduction to statistics for biologists". Participants must be comfortable with topics such as hypothesis testing, linear models, regression and must have a prior knowledge of the "R" language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.


Participants must bring a laptop with at least 4 Gb of RAM and the "R" software installed. More information about the packages needed will be provided before the course.


The registration fees are 240 CHF for academics and 1200 CHF for for-profit companies. This includes course content material, coffee breaks, and a social dinner (date to be decided).

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 10 August 2018. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available here.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Venue and time

University of Lausanne

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Diana Marek

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