Biostatistics 510: Statistical Computing Packages

Biostat 510 covers simple data management tasks and basic statistical techniques using the statistical software packages, SAS and SPSS.The following is a list of some topics covered in Biostatistics 510:Data management methods include:

reading in raw data importing data from Excel and other data bases recoding variables transformations of variables creation of dummy variables processing data by groups merging data sets The syntax for using basic statistical techniques and interpretation of output include:

simple descriptive statistics paired and independent samples t-tests correlation linear regression the use of dummy variables in regression models oneway and twoway factorial anova models simple contingency table methods logistic regression Graphical methods will also be used for:

checking the distribution of variables histograms, barcharts, and boxplots simple scatter plots regression diagnostics identifying outliers