Workshop on Bayesian Statistics
for the Social Sciences

Idioma: Inglés

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Septiembre 25, 2017
De 9 a 17 hrs.


Department of Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Estados Unidos

Bayesian statistics has long been overlooked in the quantitative methods training for education. Typically, the only introduction that a student might have to Bayesian ideas is a brief overview of Bayes' theorem while studying probability in an introductory statistics class. This is not surprising. First, until recently, it was not feasible to conduct statistical modeling from a Bayesian perspective because of its complexity and lack of available software. Second, Bayesian statistics represents a powerful alternative to frequentist (classical) statistics, and is therefore, controversial. Recently, however, there has been great interest in the application of Bayesian statistical methods, mostly due to the availability of powerful (and free) statistical software tools that now make it possible to estimate simple or complex models from a Bayesian perspective.

The orientation of this workshop is to introduce practicing education scientists to the basic elements of Bayesian statistics and to show why the Bayesian perspective provides a powerful alternative to the frequentist perspective. It is assumed that students of the workshop will have a background in basic statistical methods up to, and including, regression analysis.

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