Bayesian Small Area Estimation using Complex Survey Data: Methods and Applications

Denver, United States, 24-25 April 2018 


The Two-Day Short Course on Bayesian Small Area Estimation using Complex Survey Data: Methods and Applications was held in Denver, Colorado on 24 and 25 April 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. It was organized by Sam Clark (Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University), Zehang Li (Department of Statistics, University of Washington) and Jon Wakefield (Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics, University of Washington). Zehang Li and Jon Wakefield taught the course.



The workshop presented the fundamentals of Bayesian statistics, hierarchical models, spatial statistics, complex sample surveys, and small-area estimation. A specific application to child mortality using demographic and health surveys was explained and demonstrated. Software written for the statistical programming environment R (and packaged in the SUMMER package) was presented and demonstrated, and participants were invited to try it out as the workshop progressed.


Twenty-nine participants from 15 different countries attended the course. Most participants were based at population research institutes or universities. 


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Funding: Financial support was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support innovative demographic methodologies and knowledge sharing for sustainable development.