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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Longitudinal Data Analysis, Including Categorical Outcomes

a Workshop

Donald Hedeker (University of Chicago, Public Health Sciences)

Monday, 8/12/2019 to 8/16/2019.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: ICPSR -- Ann Arbor, MI

This workshop will focus on the analysis of longitudinal data, also known as "panel data." In either case, the data consist of repeated observations over time on the same units. The approach will use mixed models. Models for continuous outcomes will first be presented, including description of the multilevel or hierarchical representation of the model. Use of polynomials for expressing change across time, treatment of time-invariant and time-varying covariates, and modeling of the variance-covariance structure of the longitudinal outcomes will be described.

For dichotomous, ordinal and nominal outcomes, this workshop will focus next on the mixed logistic regression model and generalizations of it. Specifically, the following models will be described: mixed logistic regression for dichotomous outcomes, mixed logistic regression for nominal outcomes, and mixed proportional odds and non-proportional odds models for ordinal outcomes. The latter models are useful because the proportional odds assumption of equal covariate effects across the cumulative logits of the model is often unreasonable.

Finally, missing data issues will be covered. Mixed models allow incomplete data across time and assume that these missing observations are "missing at random" (MAR) under maximum likelihood estimation. Approaches that can go further, and don't necessarily assume MAR, are through the use of pattern mixture and selection models. Applications will be described of mixed pattern mixture and selection models.

In all cases, methods will be illustrated using software. Stata will be used for most examples, with some use of SAS, and SuperMix for categorical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Participants should be thoroughly familiar with linear regression and have some knowledge of logistic regression.

Fee: Members = $1700; Non-members = $3200

Tags: longitudinal data, panel data, mixed models, mixed logistic regression, mixed proportional odds


Donald Hedeker’s main area of expertise is in the development and use of advanced statistical methods for clustered and longitudinal data, with particular emphasis on mixed-effects models. He is the primary author of four freeware computer programs for mixed-effects analysis: MIXREG for normal-theory models, MIXOR for dichotomous and ordinal outcomes, MIXNO for nominal outcomes, and MIXPREG for counts.

In 2000, Hedeker was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the highest honor in his field. He was also recognized as a University Scholar by the University of Illinois that same year. He serves as an associate editor for Statistics in Medicine and the Journal of Statistical Software. He has been the principal investigator (PI), co-PI, or co-investigator on many research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Mixed-effects models for clustered and longitudinal data analysis, especially ordinal outcomes
Missing data in longitudinal studies
Models for intensive longitudinal data, particularly data from Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and mHealth studies
Software development and computational statistics
Tobacco and addictions research

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