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COEHD Research & Evaluation Methods (REM) Workshop

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm CST

| Free

What Would it Take to Change Your Inference?
Quantifying the Discourse about Causal Inferences in the Social Sciences

Instructor: Dr. Ken Frank, Michigan State University

Statistical inferences are often challenged because of uncontrolled bias. There may be bias due to uncontrolled confounding variables or non-random selection into a sample. This workshop will interpret how much bias there must be to invalidate an inference in terms of
(a) replacing observed cases with counterfactual cases or cases from an unsampled population, and
(b) correlations associated with unobserved variables or in unsampled populations.

This leads to statement such as “__% of your estimated effect would have to be due to bias to invalidate your inference,” or “An omitted variable would have to be correlated at __ with the outcome and with the treatment to invalidate an inference of an effect of the treatment on the outcome.” Calculations will be presented using the app http://konfound-it.com with links to STATA and R modules. The workshop will be a mixture of presentation, individual exploration, and group work.

Participants should be comfortable with the general linear model (e.g., multiple regression) and statistical inference.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 2020 (Thursday) / 6:00 pm– 8:45pm
Venue: UTSA Downtown Campus, Frio St. Building, Room 3.412

RSVP requested – Please email your name, title, and department to guan.saw@utsa.edu

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February 20
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm


UTSA College of Education and Human Development


UTSA Downtown Campus
501 W Cesar E. Chavez Blvd,
San Antonio, United States
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