Dr Grant Blank
Grant Blank's work focuses on the social and cultural implications of the Internet and new media, quantitative and qualitative methods, and cultural sociology. He taught on the OII social statistics courses.
Multiple regression is probably the most commonly used statistical technique in the social sciences. This course emphasizes its application to research on the Internet and society.
This course covers multiple regression techniques including the use of categorical variables, dummy variables, and interactions. It shows how to assess the adequacy of a model using supporting graphical tools both before and after the regression, and by analysis of residuals. It explores diagnostics and corrective techniques for the four major data problems: outliers, collinearity, heteroscedasticity and non-linearity.
The goal is to give students the tools to allow them to use regression and related techniques effectively in their own research. The course is based on four themes.
At the end of the course students will be able to: