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A short course presented by Olivier Thas (Ghent University, NIASRA)

Thursday and Friday –  6 – 7 February 2014
University of Wollongong Campus


When the assumption of a particular underlying distribution is not supported or when it cannot be assessed because of a small sample size, nonparametric statistical methods provide a robust approach to analysis. In many situations a nonparametric approach is more efficient or powerful than a classical parametric method. This course offers a practical intermediate-level coverage of nonparametric statistical methods with examples drawn from health, pharmaceutical and the biological sciences.

The Course

This 2-day course provides the fundamental statistical background of nonparametric statistics and its applications across many substantive examples. It provides practical guidance on study design for nonparametric methods and choosing the appropriate form of nonparametric analysis. Topics include:

  • Rank and permutation tests: general principles
  • Classical rank tests: Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Mantel-Haenszel, etc.
  • Assumptions, interpretation and pitfalls
  • Multiple comparisons of means: family-wise error rate (FWER), false discovery rate (FDR), permutation methods
  • Rank regression and probabilistic index models
  • Nonparametric methods for categorical data
  • Rank tests for stratified and clustered designs

Computer lab sessions will be held on both days. Participants will receive a printed copy of the notes and slides used in the presentations and of the example computer programs.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for any statistician or researcher with a solid grounding in standard parametric statistics and is useful for anyone who works with ranked data or small datasets.

Please note:

Places are strictly limited and registrations will be processed as they are received.

Morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a sandwich lunch on both days are included in the course fee.

Location: University of Wollongong, Building 11

Duration: Thursday 6 Feb –  Registration 9-10am –  Course from 10:15am to 5:00pm
Friday 7 Feb –  Course from 9:15am to 4:30pm



When: 06/02/2014 - 07/02/2014
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: general public $700, members of SSAI $600, students $400
Location: University of Wollongong,
Building 11,

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