TEACHER: Tim Morris - MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL COURSE ID: I-EB13 LANGUAGE:

USING SIMULATION STUDIES TO EVALUATE STATISTICAL METHODS

Simulation studies are an invaluable tool for statistical research. They help us to understand the properties of statistical methods and to compare different methods. To perform a mea-ningful simulation study, careful thought needs to be put into planning, coding, analysis and interpretation.

This course will help participants to:

Understand the rationale for simulation
Appreciate the importance of careful planning and have a practical framework for planning their own simulation studies
Have the tools to code and debug simple simulation studies in Stata
Know how to analyse simulation studies producing estimates of uncertainty
Present methods and results for publication

Examples will be taken from my experiences in medical statistics. The principles are the same for simulation studies in other applied areas but the examples may be less relevant.

 

Participants should be familiar with Stata. For example, they should know how to generate data, run regression commands and produce simple graphs.

Introductions

Lecture 1: Planning a simulation study
Practical 1: Plan a simulation study

Lecture 2: Coding a simulation study in Stata
Practical 2: Coding a simulation study in Stata

Lecture 3: Analysing simulation studies
Practical 3: Analyse your simulation study and feed back results

Lecture 4: Reporting simulation studies and course summary

The course will take place in Florence on the 17th of November from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.

 

LOCATION: Hotel Brunelleschi ♦ Piazza Santa Elisabetta, 3 – I-50122 Firenze

 

This workshop is being held on the second day of the XIV Italian Stata Users Group Meeting which takes place this year on the 16/17 November in Florence.

 

REGISTRATION FEES:

Meeting plus Workshop € 375.00
Students* € 244.00

Workshop only € 350.00
Students* € 227.00

Meeting only € 95.00
Students* € 62.00

 

*To be eligible for student prices, participants must provide proof of their full-time student status for the current academic year.
All fees are subject to VAT (applied at the current Italian rate of 22%).

The number of participants is limited to 15. Places, will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The course will be officially confirmed, when at least 5 individuals are enrolled.

Course fees cover: course materials (handouts, Stata do files and datasets to used during the course), a temporary licence of Stata valid for 30 days from the beginning of the course, lunch and coffee breaks.

In order to maximize the usefulness of this course, we recommend that participants bring their own laptops with them, to be able to actively participate in the empirical sessions.

Individuals interested in attending the training course, must return their completed registration forms to TStat by the 5th of November 2017.

 


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Simulation studies are an invaluable tool for statistical research. They help us to understand the properties of statistical methods and to compare different methods. To perform a mea-ningful simulation study, careful thought needs to be put into planning, coding, analysis and interpretation.

 

This course will help participants to: i) Understand the rationale for simulation; ii) Appreciate the importance of careful planning and have a practical framework for planning their own simulation studies; iii) Have the tools to code and debug simple simulation studies in Stata; iv) Know how to analyse simulation studies producing estimates of uncertainty; v) Present methods and results for publication.