Objectives and Content
Main aim will be to provide a good overview of classical, but also more advanced statistical methods for analyzing data of different structure. Focus lies on understanding the principle behind a method and its limits, applying it via the open source software R (www.r-project.org), and interpreting the results. The statistical methods analyzed may include one-/two-factor ANOVA, linear & non-linear least squares regression, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), non-parametric techniques, generalized linear models, time series analysis, generalized least squares, mixed effects models, survival analysis, factor analysis, PCA, PLS, and hidden Markov models. The beginning of the lecture is dedicated to an introduction to R, thus no previous experience with the program is required.
The course gives an overview over statistical methods that are much used in various disciplines. At the same time it gives the students a basis for understanding the ideas behind the methods and for using the methods in a rational way by means of statistical software.